OSGi lends itself well to develop extensible applications assembled from reusable modules, where a set of bundles together with a set of configurations deployed to a provisioned OSGi framework is the application.
While this works very well for the originally intended use-cases, maintaining and building large applications developed by multiple teams often requires to assemble multiple larger components for which there is limited support in OSGi as of today. This is especially true in cases where multiple groups of bundles, configuration, metadata, and other artifacts need to be combined.
In this talk we will introduce you to OSGi RFP-188, named OSGi Features, which defines the requirements on providing a solution. We'll establish a shared understanding of the problem space and how it relates to already available mechanisms in OSGi (like e.g. subsystems, deploymentadmin, startlevels, etc.) and will subsequently, review it in the context of some of the current (open source) solutions like Apache Karaf Features and Apache Sling Features and Bnd.