I'm looking for a linux package manager for personal project. The main criterium is non-GPL (and it's variants) license. So far I've managed to find that only Slackware's pkgtools meet this rule, but there surely must be others!

I like pkgtools, but I like choice even more ;p

What other - non-GPL - linux package management systems are there? (I assume the list to be short so it's not an open ended question)

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pkgsrc is BSD-licensed and can be used by a large number of OSes, also GNU/Linux:

pkgsrc can be used either with command-line tools to install, remove and otherwise manipulate prebuilt binary packages, or to build packages from source where additional build options may be provided or features enabled or disabled.

The pkgsrc guide tells you how to bootstrap pkgsrc.

It also features pkgin, what is supposed to be an apt/yum-like tool for maintaining binary package installs (of packages that could have been built from pkgsrc).

  • isn't pkgsrc a framework for building packages (that can't be used for base system) which just happens to be able to manage those? Dec 9, 2012 at 11:51
  • I might not understand what you're looking for in a package manager – What do you miss in pkgsrc?
    – sr_
    Dec 9, 2012 at 13:07
  • can it compile and manage a base system? can I use different libc implementation? link statically? Dec 9, 2012 at 13:11
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    Ah, I see. I doubt there are packages for this yet, but as a framework it probably allows you to do that – Look here, for example (and linking statically should be possible, too, as this indicates)
    – sr_
    Dec 9, 2012 at 13:24

Linux brew (http://linuxbrew.sh) is under the BSD 2-Clause License.

It's sort of interesting in the sense of it being root independent, though that might not have been a requirement for you...

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