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April 14, 2009

openSUSE Will Soon Be Available on LDN

The openSUSE Project and the Linux Foundation have announced, at the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, that the openSUSE Build Service would be added to the Linux Developer Network (LDN) thereby extending its global availability reach to Linux based developers.
The openSUSE Build Service facilitates open application developers to archive any Linux centric software modules with accurate, sequential and relevant file revision details, and provides a totally visible infrastructure for comprehensive distribution. openSUSE Project is developed, maintained and enhanced by the entire open source community, sponsored by Novell, and its latest Build Service assists the compilation of Advanced Reduced Instruction Set Computing (RISC) Machine (ARM (News - Alert)) platforms.
ARM architecture, as reported earlier by TMCnet, uses a 32 bit RISC processor that is known for its low power consumption that mostly eliminates the use of heat sinks. Its popularity may be gauged by a single reported statistic –nearly 98 percent of the billion mobile phones sold in 2007 used a minimum of one ARM processor.
"This is part of our ongoing mission to provide not only information, but real tools for Linux developers to empower them and make deploying applications on multiple Linux distributions as painless as possible," said Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer programs for the Linux Foundation. "The openSUSE Build Service is a huge step forward for developers and ISVs that want to package their offerings for all major distros quickly and easily."
ISV’s are Independent Software Vendors that are expert in building and selling applications, which target a range of market segments that vary from general applications such as bar code scanning to customized and specific requirements such as child care management.
LDN is making an openSUSE Build Service interface available for developers to create packages for CentOS, Debian, Fedora, Mandriva, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Ubuntu (News - Alert), openSUSE and SUSELinux Enterprise.
"Of all the Linux distros, we've found openSUSE to be the best platform for our solutions," said Martin Mohring, chief technology officer at 5e DataSoft. "Because the openSUSE Build Service is GPL'ed, we've been able to add features and work with the openSUSE project to integrate them into the official build service."
SUSE, was originally SuSE and it stood for Software und System Entwicklung that when translated from its German origins stood for Software and System Development. Currently SUSE does not have any official expansion and is considered an orphaned acronym.

Vivek Naik is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Vivek's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jessica Kostek

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