The public domain software archive was established in August 1992 at Liverpool University, with the primary aim of making public domain software more readily available to users of Hewlett-Packard UNIX systems. Subsequently, the centre has become a consortium of universities and user groups worldwide.
The archive began with an initial collection of 150 packages, all of which had been successfully compiled and tested locally by staff at the Liverpool centre before being installed and made available on the archive. The centre continues to act as a porting body as well as an archive site; all software held in the archive has been verified to run successfully on an HP700 system, and most will run on HP300, HP400 and HP800 systems also. As of May 1996 the Centre held over 1000 packages!
Initially all software was distributed in source format, but now most packages added to the system are available in both source and binary formats. By providing high-quality binary distributions of public domain software the Porting and Archive Centre makes the tremendous body of useful public domain software available to the wider public (not just those guru's capable of configuring and compiling software), and dramatically increases the appeal and utility of the archive.
The archive centre has a close cooperative relationship with national and regional HP user groups: e.g. HP/Works (UK), DutchWorks (The Netherlands), Interex/Interworks (US) and HP CUA (Japan). It is the objective of the Centre to encourage users to join their appropriate user organisation, as user groups and their members have an essential role in bringing software to the attention of the Centre.
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