Linux Foundation to Make the openSUSE Build Service Available Through Developer Network

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San Francisco — April 8
The openSUSE Project and the Linux Foundation jointly announced that the openSUSE Build Service will be added to the Linux Developer Network (LDN). The openSUSE Build Service is the only development platform that enables developers to package software for all major Linux distributions and is used to provide transparent infrastructure for the creation of the entire openSUSE distribution.

Additionally, the openSUSE Project, a Novell sponsored and community-supported open source project, announced a new release of the openSUSE Build Service with support for compiling for the ARM platform.

“This is part of our ongoing mission to provide not only information, but real tools for Linux developers to empower them and make deploying applications on multiple Linux distributions as painless as possible,” said Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer programs for the Linux Foundation. “The openSUSE Build Service is a huge step forward for developers and ISVs that want to package their offerings for all major distros quickly and easily.”

The Linux Foundation will be providing an interface to the openSUSE Build Service via the Linux Developer Network site so developers can create packages for all major Linux distributions via LDN. The build service enables developers to create packages for CentOS, Debian, Fedora, Mandriva, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Ubuntu, in addition to openSUSE and SUSE Linux Enterprise.

The addition of the openSUSE Build Service to the LDN complements LDN's popular AppChecker application that enables developers to create portable applications for Linux. The build service is a perfect tool for LDN's overall goal of assisting developers to deliver these portable applications.

The openSUSE project is also releasing the 1.6 version of the build service that includes support for compiling packages for the ARM platform, which is primarily used for embedded devices. The support for cross-architecture build support means that developers can create RPM or Debian packages for openSUSE, Ubuntu, Debian and Fedora. This work has been contributed by 5e DataSoft GmbH, working as part of the openSUSE community to add support for embedded devices based on ARM. 5e provides solutions based on openSUSE.

“Of all the Linux distros, we've found openSUSE to be the best platform for our solutions,” said Martin Mohring, chief technology officer at 5e DataSoft. “Because the openSUSE Build Service is GPL'ed, we've been able to add features and work with the openSUSE project to integrate them into the official build service.”

Jürgen Geck, chief technology officer at Open-Xchange, said, “openSUSE Build Service enables us to concurrently build Open-Xchange for all of the leading Linux platforms, making the process extremely efficient and guaranteeing a final product that is broadly compatible. The service is free, its underlying software infrastructure is released under GPL, so there is no lock-in.”

The latest release of the build service also includes support for building openSUSE appliances, live CDs, installable USB images, Xen images and VMware images. Developers can now create their own custom openSUSE distribution using the build service.

Joe “Zonker” Brockmeier, openSUSE community manager, said, “This is the culmination of years of work by the openSUSE Project. The openSUSE Build Service has always been intended as a tool that would accelerate the general adoption of Linux. It's gratifying to see the build service becoming part of the Linux Developer Network and being embraced by the larger community.”

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