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openSUSE Build Service 1.8 and 2.0 Announced

From:  Andreas Jaeger <>
Subject:  [opensuse-announce] openSUSE Build Service 1.8 and 2.0 Announced
Date:  Thu, 10 Jun 2010 14:32:09 +0200
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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 

The public server 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 

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 

"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 or run it in their own on-premise infrastructure.  
Deployment is possible directly from source code or from our appliance 
image (

For additional information, please read the release notes for OBS 1.8 
service/blobs/1.8/ReleaseNotes-1.8) and 2.0 

 Andreas Jaeger, Program Manager openSUSE,  aj@{,}
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