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02 December 2011, 10:52

Balsam Enterprise OBS offers a commercial build platform

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German company open-slx has announced the release of the Balsam Enterprise Open Build System (BE-OBS), a distribution development platform for Linux software. The system is a commercialised version of openSUSE's Open Build Service which automates the build and release process for Linux software. openSUSE's OBS is used by SUSE and openSUSE, by other companies such as Dell, Cray and GENIVI, and projects including MeeGo. BE-OBS is used internally by open-slx to construct their own Linux products, which has also enabled the company to develop its own in-house expertise.

The BE-OBS uses a cluster of systems with load-balanced build agents to enable building and packaging, testing and release, and distribution and maintenance. It is suitable for building custom Linux distributions, dedicated software stacks, cross-platform applications and virtual appliances. BE-OBS is able to automate compilation from a single codebase targeting different hardware architectures, including 32- and 64-bit x86 and ARM, and using different operating systems including SLES, RHEL and CentOS.

While enterprises could create their own build system from openSUSE's Open Build Service, open-slx says it offers a way to "surmount the pain" of deploying the system using upstream sources. The standard BE-OBS product is supplied, pre-configured and populated with a reference Linux distribution. A "kickstarter" package, which includes configuration on-site, workshops, consulting and support for twelve months is priced at €30,000; open-slx prices additional work such as advanced configuration, importing of existing projects and tool integration on request.

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