openSUSE Conference 09 has started !

The openSUSE Conference 09 has started today !

Some first impressions can get found on our gallery server already.

In case you are around Nuernberg, you can still drop by for a talk or a beer !

Source Services 0.0.1, no more writing SPEC files ?

Okay, my first example of the build service source services did something usefull on my notebook. I submitted a very short file and I got installable packages in return. The file is actually that simple that it can easy get created by any IDE, website or desktop shortcut.

So the final goal is to get a 1-Click package build, but there is even more !

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Build Service 1.0 Release Candidate is out

We just released the Build Service 1.0 release candidate. The final release is expected in two weeks.

Most important about this release are the improvements in source handling. Submissions to foreign projects are possible now. That does mean that after two years of development, direct work on openSUSE distribution becomes possible, without bugzilla in between ! You see, we need sometimes a bit longer, but we keep our promises ๐Ÿ™‚

The Build Service at http://build.opensuse.org is already running it, so it can be already used for submissions. You just need the current osc from openSUSE:Tools project.

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Easy OBS Web Client Development

The web interface of the openSUSE Build Service behind http://build.opensuse.org is written with Ruby on Rails. The good thing about this is that you can easily setup an own instance of the web interface on your workstation using the server behind http://api.opensuse.org. All what you need is to checkout the sources, install the ruby on rails packages and run the server.

Installing the Ruby framework in matching release can be done as root user via:

# zypper sa http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/openSUSE:Tools/YOUR_DISTRO openSUSE:Tools
# zypper install rubygem-rails-2_0

Getting the source code is easy just by anonymous checkout from svn:

# svn co https://forgesvn1.novell.com/svn/opensuse/trunk/buildservice/

Running the web interface is really easy now just by running

# cd buildservice/src/webclient
# ruby script/server

This runs a local instance where you can connect with any web browser using http://0.0.0.0:3000/ URL. So there is no need to install a full build service, no database administration, just checkout and run it ๐Ÿ™‚ You can easily edit files esp. below the app/ directory and customize or improve the web interface for your needs.

Of course it is easy to get svn write access, if you provide a useful patch ๐Ÿ™‚

Have fun.