Novell updates openSUSE Build Service
The openSUSE developers have announced the availability of version 1.7 of the openSUSE Build Service. The latest update features the addition of a new attribute system that can store information related to packages or projects, and even faster build speeds. According to the developers, the SAT Solver improves the speed of dependency calculation "by [a] factor of 1,000, which means a package change submitted to the build service starts building in seconds instead of minutes".
Other notable improvements include the ability to customise branding for local instances of the Build Service, such as changing the web user interface using individual themes, and the openSUSE Build Service server appliance, available as a disk or CD image, allows user to run the system from a USB flash drive. The developers also note that, in addition to a number of bug fixes, the request system now includes a new review mechanism, improved status information and merge handling of sources for automated conflict resolution.
The openSUSE Build Service is the same service that the openSUSE developers use to create the openSUSE 11.2 release. Not limited just to openSUSE, the Build Service makes it possible to create packages for a variety of processor platforms and major distributions, including CentOS, Debian, Fedora, Mandriva, Suse Linux Enterprise, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Ubuntu. More details about the release can be found in the release announcement.