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Help Wanted: openSUSE Review Team

August 28th, 2013 by

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The openSUSE Review Team is interested in adding 1 to 2 new members to the team.  This person will review submissions to opnSUSE Factory that will improve the quality of the product and add great new functionality to the already awesome openSUSE distribution.  Details of the tasks performed by the members of the Review Team can be seen on the openSUSE Review Team wiki page and the associated openSUSE Factory Submissions portal.

Ideally we want to add a non-SUSE employee from the community, but all qualified candidates will be considered.  (Dominique “Dimstar” Leuenberger would really appreciate some more non-SUSE folks on the team.  Who can blame him?!)

A qualified candidate would display the following characteristics:

a) works well with the Review Team and the openSUSE (and greater Linux) community
b) considerable expertise with RPM packaging
c) considerable expertise with openSUSE packaging methods and standards
d) reasonable awareness of Linux security concerns
e) an appreciation for quality controls and the value of solid, quality software
f) an availability to routinely perform these tasks for the community.  Typically a few hours per week divided over several days during the week.
g) willing to apply the rules to everybody; primary goal is to safeguard quality, not friendship :)    You’re even allowed to decline coolo’s request!

Applications will be considered until 9 September 2013.

If you’re interested, please send email to the Review Team via review@opensuse.org.  In your email, tell a little about yourself, particularly about the “a” through “g” qualifications listed above.

Oh, and don’t forget to have fun.

Server outages the coming days

May 18th, 2013 by

Failed geekoBelieve it or not: a car crashed into the Nuremberg SUSE office building. Our geekos are fine but the power will have to be shut down so repairs can take place. You can expect some availability issues for our servers the coming days. Hopefully things will be back up next week!

Open Build Service version 2.4 released

April 30th, 2013 by

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Over at openbuildservice.org they have released the Open Build Service (OBS) version 2.4 which supports yet another package format (Arch’s PKGBUILD), secure boot signing, appstream metadata, introduces a new constraint system and makes everything a lot snappier. Go check out their release announcement to learn all the nitty gritty details of OBS 2.4.

On the OBS reference server, build.opensuse.org, which we use to build our most awesome GNU/Linux distribution we have followed the road to this release since early January and of course the final 2.4 release is already deployed there. We are very happy that the openSUSE community was able to help make this a rock solid OBS release with a lot of great features and we congratulate the OBS team on this new version.

„It is exciting to see the Open Build Service team move forward with such a great feature release. OBS forms the base of the collaborative model which makes openSUSE such a successful distribution and we are proud to work with them and their sweet technology.”

– said openSUSE Community Manager Jos Poortvliet.

New OBS Version, new OBS power

And by the way, last Tuesday the truck with the new compute rack came and we were able to move it into the openSUSE sever room in the SUSE offices. After our amazing admins set up power and network, which we had to expand for all these nodes, the OBS team deployed the shiny new appliance image based on openSUSE 12.3. The workers immediately started to build jobs and after some minor glitches with the bios and network time setup, all the workers are now in production mode.

We already configured some of the build hosts to have less workers on them so the individual workers have more RAM for bigger build jobs and we’re thinking about making some of them build only in RAM for smaller build jobs. More optimization might follow, but even without that you’ll notice building on OBS will once again be as quick as a bunny!

– check out more pictures of OBS hardware in the Google+ group

„The server monitor is telling the awful truth: now that we have the build power we have to work on the other hardware bottlenecks, like the server delivering binaries across the build hosts and to our mirrors pronto!”

– said openSUSE Release Manager Stephan “coolo” Kulow.

So don’t forget that you can make a difference with your support and sponsorship for the openSUSE and OBS communities. If you happen be able to, or know someone who can, donate serious I/O power to the Open Build Service reference server – it’s time to tell us!

Go Check It Out!

See all the awesomeness of this new release. Either download the appliance and run your own instance or head over to the reference server to get your taste of OBS 2.4. And don’t forget to let us know how it goes on twitter, G+, facebook or simply in the comment section below. We’re looking forward to hear from you!

OBS Gaining More Power

April 23rd, 2013 by

Linux Power logoIn the last weeks, the Open Build Service has received support from several sponsors. SUSE brought in a new, powerful x86 compute rack, ARM support was beefed up with Samsung Arndale boards and today we are happy to announce that IBM has provided us with two IBM PowerLinux 7R2 servers to increase build capacity for its Power platform! (more…)

SUSE sponsors new hardware for the Open Build Service

April 8th, 2013 by

UTSmOKcQdU_bodybgOver the last year, the Open Build Service (OBS) reference server, a service to build and distribute packages from sources in an automatic, consistent and reproducible way, has been flooded with new packages, new distributions and even entire new architectures, deluging its build servers with compilation jobs. But spring is coming: SUSE has has just sponsored a rack server with some serious compute power for us to speed up your compilations. OBS will kick into high gear again! (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…)