The openSUSE Project Turns Two with Improved Build Service and 10.3 Beta OpenSUSE Build Service gains momentum with AMD sponsorship and new user


    SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- LinuxWorld Conference &
 Expo -- On the second anniversary of the creation of the openSUSE(TM)
 project, the community program this week marked two new milestones -- the
 availability of the first beta of openSUSE 10.3 and the continued growth of
 the openSUSE Build Service.
     "We appreciate all the contributions the community has made to the
 openSUSE project during the past two years," said Michael Loeffler,
 openSUSE product manager at Novell. "The goal of the openSUSE project is to
 promote the use of Linux everywhere, and our strong community of
 developers, testers, writers, translators, artists and users have been
 instrumental in creating one of the world's best Linux distributions. And
 as we seek to streamline and improve collaboration between all Linux
 developers, the openSUSE Build Service has changed the way packages have
 been built. The build service is quickly becoming a center for building any
 Linux distribution."
     OpenSUSE Build Service Momentum
     Now with more than 700 projects and 20,000 software packages, the
 openSUSE Build Service is an innovative framework that provides an
 infrastructure for software developers to easily create and compile
 packages for multiple Linux* distributions. The development team today
 released the first version of the end-user interface for the build service,
 with which users of any openSUSE, SUSE(R) Linux Enterprise, Fedora, Debian,
 Ubuntu or Mandriva distribution can easily search and browse new software
 for their distribution. Users of the upcoming openSUSE 10.3 can install
 their software with one click directly from the Web interface. In the past
 four months, more than 13 million packages have been downloaded from the
 openSUSE Build Service as developers build packages for various
 distributions using the tool.
     AMD has helped sponsor the progress of the openSUSE Build Service with
 leading-edge hardware and development expertise. "AMD is helping to ensure
 that the openSUSE Build Service continues to be an important collaboration
 and development platform for developers of all distributions," said Terri
 Hall, AMD vice president of Commercial Systems Marketing. "AMD recognizes
 the value of the open source development model, and by providing hardware
 for the openSUSE Build Service, we are able to actively participate in the
 continued innovation for which the open source community is known."
     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.
     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 or
 other projects. An essential part of the openSUSE project, the openSUSE
 Build Service is available at The
 new end- user interface can be found at
     First Beta of openSUSE 10.3
     OpenSUSE 10.3 offers a state-of-the-art operating system based on Linux
 kernel 2.6.22 with a large variety of the latest open source applications
 for desktops, servers and application development. The first beta of
 openSUSE 10.3 is now available at
     About Novell
     Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq:   NOVL) delivers infrastructure software for the
 Open Enterprise. Novell is a leader in enterprise-wide operating systems
 based on Linux and open source and provides the enterprise management
 services required to operate mixed IT environments. Novell helps customers
 minimize cost, complexity and risk, allowing them to focus on innovation
 and growth. For more information, visit
     Novell and SUSE are registered trademarks and openSUSE is a trademark
 of Novell, Inc. in the United States and other countries. *Linux is a
 registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. All other third-party trademarks
 are the property of their respective owners.

SOURCE Novell, Inc.

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