Virtualization Technology News and Information
Novell Enhances Linux Development with New Open Source Services
Novell today announced the open source availability of the openSUSE Build Service, an innovative framework that provides an infrastructure for software developers to easily create and compile packages for multiple Linux distributions. Novell also announced the immediate availability of KIWI, a system imaging tool to create live media, including Xen* virtual images. As a result, open source developers can more quickly build a Linux distribution that meets their particular use case, rigorously test it to ensure product quality, and easily package it for quick installation.

“The openSUSE Build Service is now completely open source, giving developers and users free and full access to build their choice of Linux packages, whether based on openSUSE, SUSE Linux Enterprise, Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu or other projects,” said Holger Dyroff, vice president of outbound product management for SUSE Linux Enterprise at Novell. “This proves Novell's continuous commitment to the open source community. The openSUSE Build Service is the unique distribution development platform for the creation of Linux packages for multiple distributions and broad user audiences.”

With the openSUSE Build Service, open source developers can maintain and build packages at a single location for multiple Linux distributions. From this repository, developers can create complete system images using KIWI.

Developers can use the user-friendly, automated process in the openSUSE Build Service to build open source packages and resolve dependencies with other packages. The build service is completely free, offering packages for a variety of Linux distributions, including the community. Users can easily find and download the latest open source packages for their distributions, including upgrades for older packages. Direct access to code stored in popular source repositories such as Novell® Forge and SourceForge is also possible. The source and documentation for the build service tools are hosted on within the openSUSE project.

The openSUSE Build Service contains a server back-end and a client front-end. The server back-end hosts sources, the build infrastructure, package download and mirroring tools, and communication infrastructures. The client front-end includes the tools and interfaces needed to organize and build packages from source code, including a command line and a Web-based interface.

An essential part of the openSUSE project, the openSUSE Build Service is available at Novell's community Web site. With more than 35,000 registered members, the openSUSE project is a Novell-sponsored community initiative that promotes the use of Linux everywhere. The openSUSE project is the base Linux distribution from which Novell compiles and builds its SUSE Linux Enterprise platform. OpenSUSE has more than 6,000 open source packages on its Web site, from which Novell selects approximately 2,000 for hardening and testing for inclusion in SUSE Linux Enterprise.

The openSUSE Build Service and the KIWI imaging tool are available for immediate download. Both tools will get further enhancements as open source projects, which are open to contribution. For more information, visit For more on the openSUSE Build Service, visit

Published Saturday, January 27, 2007 6:02 PM by David Marshall
Filed under:
There are no comments for this post.
To post a comment, you must be a registered user. Registration is free and easy! Sign up now!
<January 2007>