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openSUSE for new geekos

March 22nd, 2013 by

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It is almost weekend and you want to try another Linux distribution? We’ve got you covered!

The Linux ecosystem is a varied one with hundreds of distributions, each having their unique set of abilities and limitations. Some compile the source on your system, others let you choose between init systems, try to be as small as possible, experiment with security solutions and more. There is also variation in governance: some are strongly top-down organized, others decide in a meritocratic way or vote. Some have strong corporate sponsor pushing decisions – others don’t. Some care to collaborate, others don’t value the wider ecosystem much and go their own way.

The variety in solutions shows people want different things and the different distributions provide that. But people change, so do their needs. And so, for those looking for Greener pastures, we wrote this articles with an overview of ‘the openSUSE way’ and the major differences between our tools and those from other major distributions. (more…)

openSUSE Factory Moving: Milestone 0 Ready for Feedback!

October 3rd, 2012 by


Good news! openSUSE Milestone 0 of openSUSE 12.3 is out! While we’re still discussing the schedule and won’t be deciding anything before the openSUSE Conference in Prague later this month, development is picking up steam. (more…)

Downtime of parts of build.opensuse.org on 2012-05-23

May 23rd, 2012 by

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The storage backend of the openSUSE Build Service at build.opensuse.org is causing again problems. Server side builds will not be enabled for now. The outage will be for at least today.

Access to api.o.o and the website build.opensuse.org are possible, so source modifications and local builds, e.g. via the command line client osc, are working. Just builds on the server will not happen.

Open Build Service version 2.3 released

May 3rd, 2012 by

Open Build Service is a generic system to build and distribute packages from sources in an automatic, consistent and reproducible way. OBS 2.3 brings the functionality to maintain a released software product in an efficient and transparent way. This includes

  • Update coordination: One or more maintenance groups can decide if and when to start or release an update. This includes also the tracking of new, running and processed updates.
  • QA and Review integration: The current state of an update is always visible and trackable. Review processes can be integrated.
  • Release Management: Isolated build and tested updates can be released or revoked via OBS mechanism.
  • Multiple code stream support: An issue can be handled for multiple code streams.
  • Documentation support: The documentation of an update for the end-user is integrated

This functionality is already used for doing the maintenance updates for the openSUSE distributions. The features can be used all together or in parts for own products.

In addition OBS 2.3 provides

  • A greatly improved web interface, including user management, syntax highlighted source editor and improved source diff review views
  • Improved Cross Build Support via Qemu
  • Functionality to hide entire projects
  • Issue tracking support, tracking documented fixes in external bugzilla, fate and CVE instances in packages.

It is recommended to read the Release Notes before updating an instance. OBS packages can be found in the openSUSE Tools project or as an appliance which can be used on hardware or in VM.

Your Open Build Service team

About Open Build Service

The Open Build Service (OBS) is an open and complete distribution development platform. It provides the infrastructure to easily create, release and maintain software for openSUSE and other Linux distributions on different hardware architectures. It is developed under the umbrella of the openSUSE project, but is licensed under GPL and used by other open source projects like MeeGo or Tizen. It is also used by universities, ISVs and companies like Intel, Dell, and SGI.

Support Offerings for Open Build Service

Open Build Service Delivers Website Integration

April 4th, 2012 by

OBS download pageThe Open Build Service, a system to collaboratively build and easily distribute packages for a wide variety of operating systems and platforms, has introduced the ability to integrate the intelligent OBS ‘download package’ page into websites. This is useful for projects who want to offer their users easy access to downloads for a wide variety of Linux (and non-linux) systems. Moreover, the Open Build Service 2.3 Release Candidate is out and the final release is near. (more…)

openSUSE renames OBS

May 26th, 2011 by

logo OBSThe openSUSE Build Service Team has decided to rename its cutting-edge packaging- and distribution build technology to Open Build Service. The new name, while maintaining the well-known OBS acronym, signals its open and cross-distribution nature. (more…)

Build Service team releases new versions fixing security problems

March 2nd, 2011 by

The openSUSE Build Service team has released verison 2.0.8 and 2.1.6. of OBS. Both versions are fixing a critical security leak which can be miss-used to modify projects or packages without having write permission there. We highly recommend to update your instance of OBS as soon as possible to these new versions. Version 1.7 is not affected by this issue.
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OBS Books Project

January 18th, 2011 by

openSUSE Build Service (OBS) has a problem. It is horrible powerful, but no one knows. Or no one knows how to make use of it in short.

Our documentation exists only in the wiki so far. While the wiki is still and will remain as a documentation resource, several of us OBS users and developers think we need something more structured and edited. A real book in short, which you can read to get an entire overview.

Therefore we started to create the infrastructure to write such books, it is part of the openSUSE documentation project. This means the documentation is written in docbook and hosted in svn.

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The openSUSE Build Service 2.1 released

October 19th, 2010 by

The openSUSE Build Service – OBS – is  now officially at release 2.1. We’re delighted with the improvements in  this release, including an enhanced web interface, integration with online code management systems and better access controls.

OBS 2.1 Introduces New Features

Enhanced web user interface

This iteration has enhanced the web user interface of openSUSE Build Service  with features that were previously only in the osc command line client. It  now allows submitting of packages to other projects, showing a history of changes and who did them, with associated comments. This means that the full work flow needed to build packages, contribute them to projects and collaborate on them is available from the web interface.
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Easily Building Software for Multiple Distributions and Platforms

September 20th, 2010 by

In a little over a month, the openSUSE conference 2010 will start under the title “collaboration accross borders”. This article highlights one of the main topics at this conference — a truly border-crossing technology called the Build Service. This technology helps developers target many different linux distributions with their software quickly and easily, and the openSUSE conference offers the perfect opportunity to get some “inside information” and share ideas towards fast-tracking the software packaging process. Read on to learn more about the Build Service and what it can do for you!
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