Novell Aims to Simplify Linux Development
Novell has introduced an innovative Linux build service framework that will simplify the creation of Linux packages for SUSE Linux or any other Linux distribution and will become the development platform for future SUSE Linux distributions. When complete, the build service will allow community Linux engineers to easily create executable Linux packages from community source code that will be installable on Novell's SUSE Linux or other Linux distributions, thus hastening innovation and getting useful software into users' hands more rapidly.
A preview of the openSUSE build service is now available at Novell's openSUSE.org community Web site, with the complete build service to be rolled out gradually throughout 2006. "Open source developers need more and better ways to streamline the routine and mechanical process of creating installable Linux packages from their own source code," said Eric Anderson, vice president of Linux engineering at Novell. "Now community engineers will be able to go to one site and have free access to the tools and services they need to build their applications for SUSE Linux-based distributions. We plan to extend this build service into a one-stop Linux development center by supporting not just SUSE Linux-based distributions, but also other popular distributions such as Red Hat, Debian and others."
It's about time! There's nothing more difficult than making an RPM or a Deb package. Except maybe compiling Mono from source for Windows. :-)