The openSUSE Build Service Expands Support to Red Hat and CentOS

The openSUSE Build Service delivers collaboration between all Linux

developers, becoming a center for building software for any Linux


Jan 24, 2008, 00:00 ET from Novell, Inc.

    NUREMBERG, Germany, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- (Open Source
 Meets Business Conference) -- The openSUSE(R) Build Service, an innovative
 framework that provides an infrastructure for software developers to easily
 create and compile packages for multiple Linux* distributions, has extended
 its support to now build packages for CentOS and Red Hat* Enterprise Linux.
 The openSUSE Build Service already supports several Linux distributions
 including openSUSE, Ubuntu, SUSE(R) Linux Enterprise, Debian and others.
     "As its name suggests, the openSUSE project is committed to choice and
 opposed to the exclusion of innovation simply because it may have
 originated in another project," said Michael Loeffler, openSUSE product
 manager at Novell. "By adding support to build packages for CentOS and Red
 Hat Enterprise Linux, the openSUSE Build Service makes it even easier to
 build packages across multiple Linux distributions, thus further enabling
 innovative ideas to spread quickly throughout the free and open source
 software community. As we seek to streamline and improve collaboration
 between all Linux developers, the openSUSE Build Service continues to
 innovate and improve the way packages are built by providing a common
 framework that works with any Linux distribution."
     Developers who want to provide their software to a broader audience of
 Linux users are often hampered when packages built for one distribution
 will not work on other distributions. The openSUSE Build Service is the
 only open source build system that helps developers provide packages with
 the same high quality for multiple distributions from the same source code.
 With the system imaging tool KIWI, open source developers can more quickly
 build a Linux distribution that meets their needs, rigorously test it to
 ensure product quality, and easily package it for quick installation.
     Francis Giannaros, a member of the independent openSUSE board, said,
 "Web software created by specific Linux distributions has often been
 hindered by its proprietary nature that restricts its use by others. The
 openSUSE Build Service remains completely free and open software, and now
 we are adding full support for building packages for all popular
 distributions directly at The addition of Red Hat Enterprise
 Linux and CentOS as build targets further emphasizes the commitment of the
 openSUSE Build Service to flexibility, making it the perfect option for a
 central development platform. It is also user friendly, stable and actively
     An essential part of the openSUSE project, the openSUSE Build Service
 is available at Novell's community Web site. With more than
 50,000 registered members, the openSUSE project is a Novell-sponsored
 community initiative that promotes the use of Linux everywhere. The
 openSUSE Build Service is 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, Red Hat,
 CentOS or other projects. The open SUSE Build Service was created with
 openness in mind, not being limited to any single format or group of users,
 but open for everyone to build every kind of software for any platform. For
 more on the openSUSE Build Service, visit
     About Novell
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 Open Enterprise. Novell is a leader in desktop to data center operating
 systems based on Linux and the software required to secure and manage mixed
 IT environments. Novell helps customers around the world minimize cost,
 complexity and risk, allowing them to focus on innovation and growth. For
 more information, visit
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SOURCE Novell, Inc.