openSUSE Build Service 1.8 and 2.0 Announced

The openSUSE Project is proud to announce the 1.8 and 2.0 releases of the
openSUSE Build Service (OBS). It is an open package and distribution
development platform that provides a transparent infrastructure that allows
developers to build for various major Linux distributions and hardware
architectures.

The public server http://build.opensuse.org is available for all open
source developers to build packages for the most popular distributions
including Debian, Fedora, Mandriva, openSUSE, Red Hat Enterprise Linux,
SUSE Linux Enterprise and Ubuntu. It is also used to build the openSUSE
and MeeGo distributions.

OBS 2.0′s key features are a newly designed Web UI, anonymous access and an
enhanced request system. OBS 1.8 is an update to the 1.7 release driven by
the needs of the MeeGo project. Its major feature is access control
enforcement. The next OBS release 2.1 will also include the access control
enforcement, which is not yet in 2.0.

The completely refreshed Web UI for OBS 2.0 allows developers to work more
efficiently, as data is displayed where it is expected, and the Web service
loads faster and provides better access to projects, packages and meta
data.

Anonymous access in OBS 2.0 to all packages and projects offers great
convenience for users and more effectively promotes packages in the Build
Service to the world at large, enabling search engines to index the Build
Service as well. It also makes it easy to collaborate with other developers
to show them patches or log files.

With OBS 2.0, review handling by a team is supported and roles can get
assigned to groups instead of just to a single person.

The access control enforcement feature of OBS 1.8 allows access for
projects, packages and repositories to be restricted to specified users and
groups. This acknowledges privacy concerns of users.

“openSUSE Build Service has substantial momentum in the mobile and embedded
space, specifically being used now by the MeeGo project,” said Amanda
McPherson, vice president marketing and developer services at the Linux
Foundation. “The Linux Foundation is proud to be a strong contributor to
OBS, including making substantial contributions to these new releases and
features. We look forward to working with our members on OBS-related
projects.”

“The openSUSE Build Service 2.0 release is a significant improvement for
developers,” said Michael Löffler, chairperson of the openSUSE Board, “It
eases collaboration with the broader open source community due to
supporting anonymous access. Developers can get their job better done with
the new WebUI and the faster and more flexible OBS. ”

Users can use OBS 2.0 on the project’s public server
http://build.opensuse.org or run it in their own on-premise infrastructure.
Deployment is possible directly from source code or from our appliance
image (http://en.opensuse.org/Build_Service/OBS-Appliance).

For additional information, please read the release notes for OBS 1.8
(http://www.gitorious.org/opensuse/build-
service/blobs/1.8/ReleaseNotes-1.8) and 2.0
(http://www.gitorious.org/opensuse/build-
service/blobs/2.0/ReleaseNotes-2.0).


Andreas Jaeger, Program Manager openSUSE, aj@{novell.com,opensuse.org}
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