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openSUSE Project Accepted to Google Summer of Code 2009

March 19th, 2009 by

Once again, the openSUSE Project will be participating in Google’s Summer of Code program! openSUSE was one of the 150 mentoring organizations accepted this year, and we’re excited to have the chance to work with students on projects to improve the openSUSE distribution and its tools.


Now it’s time to start signing up Mentors for the openSUSE Project. Mentors review the student applications and score them, work with students during the Google Summer of Code, and evaluate students performance.

We’re looking for committed mentors who will work with students closely and provide guidance not only on the project they’re working on, but also help them integrate with the overall project and teach them how to work within an open source project.

If you’re interested in mentoring with the openSUSE Project, sign up before March 23rd.

You’ll need to create a site-wide user profile and send a request to become a mentor (or send me a note with your user ID).


Working with the Google Summer of Code is a great way to earn cash over the summer while doing something rewarding and interesting, and contributing to the open source community. Students who complete the Summer of Code will earn $4,500 if they complete the program in good standing. (See the Google FAQ for the payment schedule.)

The student deadline for Google Summer of Code is Friday, April 3rd. See the FAQ for the full scoop.

We’re looking for students who can work on existing ideas or bring their own. If you have a great idea that fits within the openSUSE Project, please apply!

If your proposal is accepted, expect to do a great deal of work over the summer. The time commitment is substantial, and we’re aiming for 100% completion of projects this year.


There’s still time to submit ideas on the openSUSE wiki. Preferably, these will be from students or mentors who will work on the ideas — but that’s not a requirement. If you have a great idea, feel free to put it up.

If you have questions about participating in the Google Summer of Code in general, check out the #gsoc channel on Freenode. If you have questions specific to the openSUSE Project, email zonker@opensuse.org or ask on the openSUSE Project (opensuse-project@opensuse.org) mailing list.

openSUSE Build Service 1.5 Announced

March 19th, 2009 by

The openSUSE Project is proud to announce the 1.5 release of the openSUSE Build Service. This release takes developers beyond just building packages. You can now build your own distribution using the openSUSE Build Service!

The 1.5 release makes it possible to build entire releases within the build service. and export ISO images and FTP trees. All users can create images locally using “osc build,” and permission can be granted to build images using the hosted build service as well. A presentation on KIWI imaging with the openSUSE Build Service can be found online (PDF).

The openSUSE 11.1 release was built entirely in the openSUSE Build Service, and it’s now possible for other projects to be created in the openSUSE Build Service as well. Whether you’re creating a derivative distribution or product like the openSUSE Education CDs, the openSUSE Build Service now has you covered.

Building Appliances and Live CD Images

OBS 1.5 includes the ability to automatically calculate dependencies and create installable images, such as the live CDs and network deployment images for the openSUSE:Tools build hosts.

In addition to ISO images, OBS 1.5 can create images for installable USB sticks, Xen images, and VMware images.

Another benefit to the 1.5 release is the ability to create product add-ons, such as the openSUSE nonfree add-ons for 11.1.

Experimental Features

OBS 1.5 also includes several experimental features added by the openSUSE Community, including:

* Support for cross-architecture build support, added by Martin Mohring of 5e Datasoft as part of the work towards supporting the ARM architecture with openSUSE.

* Package download on demand support thanks to Marcus Hüwe.

* Filtering of build results via the Web monitor. This means that OBS users can view only relevant results – like failed builds or only builds targeted at specific distributions.

These features are not considered production ready, but are available for developers looking to have early access to these features

The OBS team is always looking for additional feedback and contributors to improve the openSUSE Build Service. To discuss Build Service development, subscribe to the opensuse-buildservice list (opensuse-buildservice+subscribe@opensuse.org), and see the #opensuse-buildservice channel on Freenode.