CoApp -- An open source package management system for Windows

Accepted Session
Short Form
Scheduled: Thursday, June 23, 2011 from 10:00 – 10:45am in B304


The CoApp project is bringing real open-source style package management to Windows; this session demonstrates the basics of creating and consuming CoApp packages.


Linux has long enjoyed excellent package management systems in the form of RPM, DEB, EBuild and others—the CoApp project has brought the power of these systems to Windows. Supporting rich features such as side-by-side installation, versioning, dependency management, configurable updating, and distributed package repositories, CoApp is providing a stable and reliable system for distributing open source software on Windows.

Speaking experience


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    Garrett Serack

    CoApp Project, Outercurve Foundation


    Garrett Serack worked as an independent software development consultant in Calgary, Canada, for 15 years, with clients in fields such as government, telecom, petroleum, and railways. Joining Microsoft in the fall of 2005 as the Community Program Manager of the Federated Identity team, Garrett has worked with the companies and the Open Source community to build digital identity frameworks, tools, and standards that are shaping the future of Internet commerce and strengthening the fight against fraud.

    In the summer of 2007, he transitioned to Open Source Technology Center at Microsoft where he works as a Software Development Engineer and operates closely with Open Source communities to improve the quality and performance of their software on the Windows Platform. Garrett has started a number of Open Source projects along with working as a committer on several other projects, including PHP itself.