The openSUSE project releases the version 0.5 of the openSUSE Build Service. This code drop does provide the functionality as provided on https://build.opensuse.org/ the first time as official tar ball release. Pointsettia provides the complete infrastructure to build single hardware architecture distributions. System images can be created via KIWI
Overview of a few enhancements in Pointsettia: * Improved repository generation. Repositories get generated out of process of the scheduler. This makes the scheduler faster and more reliable. * Improved signing for repositories. Each project get now its individual gpg key for the repositories * Convenient project deletion now available. * Bugzilla linkage. Link added to create new Bugzilla reports for certain projects or packages
The openSUSE Build Service (OBS) is designed to host sources of packages. It can reuse sources from other source repository systems like svn or cvs, but it is more often used to maintain all necessary files around a tar ball release from another open source project.
The OBS features the project modell, which allows easy team building around a set of packages and allow the cooperation between upstream software developers and multiple packagers. It does also enable developers to adapt existing packages and to offer different flavors of them for their use cases.
The goal of the OBS is to become a complete open development platform for the openSUSE distribution. Therefore it does focus esp. on consistent package building via automatic package rebuilding in case of changes of dependend package changes to guarantee always a consistent build.
Next years developing will focus on improving the collaboration features to allow submissions requests to all projects, what will allow direct contributions to the openSUSE distribution. Later on we will complete the necessary features for creating installation medias and improving the End-User interface.
Links: * The Build Service development takes place in Novell forge at http://forge.novell.com/modules/xfmod/project/?opensuse * The version 0.5 can be downloaded from http://developer.novell.com/wiki/index.php/Special:Downloads/opensuse/0.5/ * Packages are packaged in the OBS itself http://software.opensuse.org/search?q=obs&baseproject=ALL * Current svn version can get checked out from http://https://forgesvn1.novell.com/svn/opensuse/trunk/buildservice
We wish you already a happy new year of 2008 !
Your OBS development team.