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Re: [ANN] beta-release of OPAM

On 1/15/13 10:40 AM, Thomas Gazagnaire wrote:
I'm very happy to announce the beta release of OPAM (0.9.1). OPAM is a package 
manager for OCaml to install libraries and tools from source archives. It 
supports multiple simultaneous compiler installations, flexible package 
constraints, and a Git-friendly development workflow.

Opam is the best package manager for ocaml I have ever used, thanks for your hard work!
The goal of this beta release is to formally introduce OPAM to the community, 
to gather some general feedback on the documentation and tools and double-check 
that we've not forgotten some useful features. I would also like to use that 
opportunity to make an official call to maintainers: if you have developed 
packages which are already in OPAM do not hesitate to claim their ownership and 
to improve their description - if your packages are not yet in, it's time to 
start packaging them!

OPAM is developed by OCamlPro[1] and has been in alpha release since June 2012. 
It is already quite mature and has gained some nice momentum (+40 contributors, 
+300 packages).  OPAM has been initially funded by Jane Street[2] and the DORM 
EU research project, and it has received continuous help and resources from 

The source code of OPAM is available on Github:
* installer: https://github.com/OCamlpro/opam
* packages and compiler descriptions: 
* website: https://github.com/OCamlPro/opam2web

The documention:
* install instructions and tutorial are available http://opam.ocamlpro.com/
* the main source of documentation is 'opam --help' or 'opam <command> --help'
* user manual: 

You can report issues on github bug tracker:
* https://github.com/OCamlPro/opam/issues

The next steps for us is to focus on improving the package descriptions quality 
and the global consistency of https://github.com/OCamlPro/opam-repository. We 
will gladly accept any kind of help and support from the community to do this!  
We plan to announce the release of 1.0.0 in a couple of months, with improved 
package quality and better integration with the future OCaml platform.

Last point, if you are working in a company and that you already use OPAM, or 
plan to use OPAM, and you would like to help us ensuring it a sustainable 
future[2], you can contact us at contact@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

On behalf of the OPAM team,
Thomas Gazagnaire

[1] http://www.ocamlpro.com/
[2] http://www.janestreet.com/
[3] http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/projects/ocamllabs/



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