OpenSUSE Project Releases Version 1.0

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The openSUSE project, a worldwide project dedicated to building a community Linux distribution, recently achieved another milestone in simplifying contributions to the openSUSE distribution with the release of openSUSE Build Service 1.0. The first major release of the Build Service provides developers with direct access to the code repositories for the openSUSE Linux distribution, thus streamlining the ability for all developers to contribute code.

“I am really thrilled with the release of openSUSE Build Service 1.0,” said Adrian Schröter, project manager for the openSUSE Build Service. “This will make openSUSE development much more transparent, allow the community to more efficiently and rapidly contribute to the distribution and expand the number of users who are participating in our project.”

Since its inception, the openSUSE Build Service has offered a unique collaboration system for groups to work closely together on Linux packages or solution stacks. This release delivers the ability to scale to larger projects and expands the scope of the openSUSE Build Service to building the entire openSUSE release.

Making Community Contributions Easier
By enabling direct contributions from developers, the Build Service is adding transparency to the development process and helping to enhance the community’s ability to contribute to openSUSE.

The openSUSE Build Service is unique in that it is the only build service that enables developers to create and maintain packages for many Linux distributions, including openSUSE, SUSE Linux Enterprise from Novell, CentOS, Debian, Fedora, Mandriva, Red Hat and Ubuntu. The openSUSE Build Service makes it easier for upstream projects to build packages for new releases of multiple Linux distributions and also offer new releases of their software for older Linux distributions.

“The openSUSE Build Service enables independent software vendors, like Open-Xchange, to more easily and effectively embrace Linux since building and packaging applications for any distribution becomes a one-time effort,” said Juergen Geck, chief technology officer at Open-Xchange. “Now we can configure a package once, reproduce it and test automatically. Using openSUSE helps to create fully tested, ready to run builds for all relevant Linux platforms automatically.”

For developers, openSUSE Build Service 1.0 will make contributing to all parts of the openSUSE distribution easier, including code, documentation, graphics and translations. Some of the new functions available in the Build Service are:

  • Streamlined package search.
  • Notifications.
  • Stronger quality assurance.
  • Improved branch handling.
  • Better source handling.

Most of the new features for developers can be accessed through the Web interface at www.opensuse.org, with additional features available through the various openSUSE Build Service clients. The openSUSE Build Service team has also introduced many smaller improvements and bug fixes to make the system more scalable and usable.

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