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26 May 2011, 15:34

openSUSE renames its Build Service

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openSUSE Logo The openSUSE Project has announced that the openSUSE Build Service will be renamed the Open Build Service, retaining the well-known OBS acronym. Jos Poortvliet, the openSUSE community manager, said that the rename is "a small but important step in the right direction for us", noting that the idea for the name change came from community members as OBS works for more than just openSUSE.

As part of the renaming, the option for projects to brand OBS will be adapted to make it easy for them to deploy their own named OBS, while staying connected with the OBS project; the developers suggest naming a project-specific OBS instance "XXX Open Build Service". Commenting on the announcement, Amanda McPherson, VP of marketing and developer programs at The Linux Foundation, said: "The Linux Foundation views OBS as an important and useful tool for building software for Linux", adding that: "As adoption of OBS has increased, it's a natural step to rename it to reflect its open nature and cross-distribution support."

As the project has matured and become more widespread, SUSE, the project's corporate sponsor, has also announced that, from version 2.3 onwards, it will be offering enterprise-level support to organisations that want to use and deploy OBS. The support offering, SUSE OBS Developer Support, will fall under the new OBS Developer Services programme. Under the new programme, customers and partners can receive support for configuration and setup issues as well as have the ability to get code fixes for bugs that affect them.

The openSUSE Build Service is a distribution development platform which allows packages for a wide range of Linux distributions to be generated automatically from the sources. It first began life as an internal SUSE technology, but was later released to the public for anyone to use and is now used by a variety of projects and companies, such as VLC, MeeGo and Dell. OBS now supports 21 distributions on 6 architectures, including openSUSE, Fedora, Debian and Ubuntu, and has more than 27,000 users – support for more Linux distributions is planned and Windows support is currently "being experimented with".

More details can be found in the official announcement news post.

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