How to update/upgrade Solaris using IPS -- a HowTo for Debian/Ubuntu Linux users

With OpenSolaris 2008.05 IPS was introduced as its new package manager which is written in Python. However IPS is still backward compatible to the classic SVR4 package format. If you are a Debian/Ubuntu Linux user who is familiar with the apt-get resp. aptitude package manager, you will be interested in looking at this table which shows the analogue (IPS) pkg commands to the well known apt-get commands. Hence to update your Solaris system simply execute

pkg image-update -v

which is the equivalent to apt-get's

apt-get update; apt-get dist-upgrade

resp. aptitudes's

aptitude update; aptitude dist-upgrade