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[opensuse-announce] openSUSE Build Service 1.0 RC 1 released
  • From: "Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier" <jzb@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2008 10:50:05 -0400
  • Message-id: <81d32afc0806110750j3af7a2cfv3e3c812e122d1992@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
The openSUSE Project has released the first release candidate of the
openSUSE Build Service 1.0. With the release candidate, all the
features are now in place to support external collaboration with the
community to build openSUSE in the open. Developers can now submit
contributions to openSUSE directly at

The openSUSE Build Service has offered a simple collaboration system
since its inception for groups to work closely together on packages or
solutions stacks. The 1.0 RC 1 release improves on existing
functionality to allow the Build Service to scale to larger projects
like openSUSE's Factory distribution.

What the changes mean for contributors:

* Anyone can find a package's working copy as maintained by the
official packager or packaging team. Contributors can submit changes
against the working copy.
* The submission handling and notification system has been put in
place, allowing any contributor to request a merge of their changes to
a project.
* Quality assurance happens before contributions are merged. Test
builds of a suggested change are accessible to anyone.
* Improved branch handling. It is easy to set up a branch of a
package. The branch will build in the same way as the original
package, but can be modified.
* Source handling is improved in 1.0. It's now possible to easily
maintain a branch, and modifications are stored without creating a
full copy. This makes it easier to maintain features based on the
latest copy of package. The Build Service builds the latest packages,
including modifications, automatically.

The majority of this functionality is implemented on the server side.
The rest can be implemented by the various Build Service clients, so
that contributors can take advantage of the new features.

The Build Service team has also introduced a number of smaller
improvements and bugfixes to make the system more scalable and usable.

The openSUSE Build Service is now considered "feature complete" for
collaboration, but the team is expecting a lot of user feedback since
this now is our standard tool for working on the distribution. We will
be releasing frequent updates to improve the Build Service based on
this feedback, and the 1.0 final should be released soon after
openSUSE 11.0.

Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier
openSUSE Community Manager
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