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[opensuse-announce] openSUSE Build Service 1.0 Released
  • From: "Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier" <jzb@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2008 09:54:39 -0400
  • Message-id: <81d32afc0807090654k68bd5d79r2d824b0bf26ce33b@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
The openSUSE Project is proud to announce the 1.0 release of the
openSUSE Build Service. The 1.0 release provides all the features
necessary to support building openSUSE in the public build systems and
allowing direct contributions to openSUSE from all contributors.
Developers can now submit contributions to openSUSE directly at

The openSUSE Build Service allows developers to create and maintain
packages for openSUSE and many other Linux distributions, including
CentOS, Debian, Fedora, Mandriva, Red Hat, and Ubuntu. With the 1.0
release, the openSUSE Build Service expands its scope to building the
entire openSUSE release, and provides everyone with the same access
and transparent interface to work on the openSUSE distribution.

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 release improves on existing functionality
to allow the Build Service to scale to larger projects like openSUSE's
Factory distribution, and to allow building openSUSE's stable releases
in the open.

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. The Build Service team is looking for additional
feedback on improving the openSUSE Build Service as it will now be the
standard tool for working on the distribution.

For more information on the openSUSE Build Service, visit If you would like to discuss the Build
Service please use the opensuse-buildservice@xxxxxxxxxxxx mailing
list. The Build Service also has an active IRC channel,
#opensuse-buildservice running on Freenode.
Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier
openSUSE Community Manager
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