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Open Source Power Availability Tool (OSPAT) now allows you to search for IBM Power container packages


Several years ago, the IBM Power open source ecosystem team developed a search engine called Open Source Power Availability Tool (OSPAT). The purpose of OSPAT was, and still is, to address a pain point that many developers, sellers, business partners, and other IBM Power users brought to the team: They didn’t know how to (or couldn’t) find open source packages built specifically for IBM Power. And so, OSPAT was created.

In the years since we first launched OSPAT, we’ve made many enhancements to improve the user experience and to expand the search functionality and results. So, in that spirit, we are happy to announce that, by popular demand, we’ve made yet another improvement to the tool. You can now search for containerized packages!

Simply, enter the package name (or package category if you prefer), specify the Linux distribution you’re interested in, and then select the Show containerized packages only checkbox, as shown in the following screen capture.

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Note that, for now, OSPAT returns Power containers from Docker Hub. A future iteration will return containers from the Red Hat Container Catalog.

We invite you to take a look, test it out, and let us know what you think: ibm.biz/ppc64le-package-search. And, when you’re ready to build, port, and containerize your app, use the following resources to help get you started: