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Re: [opensuse-packaging]
On Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 10:34 AM, Zbigniew Reszela <zreszela@xxxxxxxx> wrote:

Initially we do not foresee to publish our packages to the distribution,
but maybe in the future we would like to do that for some of our projects.
In your portal we have found several recommendation to use the OBS [2].
But our understanding is that OBS is just for the packages aimed to be
public.

I disagree.

When you get a OBS login you automatically get a home project (and any
sub-projects you create).

Within the home project you have to make no guarantees of support etc
to anyone else. You establish your own rules for availability,
support, etc. If anyone uses your packages, it is a buyer beware
situation unless they talk to you and get a support commitment.

The only fundamental reason I know of not to use your home project for
an internal package management system is if any of these are true:

- The packages are not opensource - in general OBS is available to
host packaging of opensource packages only

- The packages are illegal in Germany (hacking tools mostly)

- Despite a package being opensource, it contains code that violates
German or US copyright laws

If none of those are an issue then, the public OBS server should work for you.

If any of those are an issue, you can still consider operating a
private instance of OBS at your university. I have no experience with
that, but a lot of people have and the full OBS system is available as
an appliance for easy installation (as I understand).

Hope that helps,
Greg
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