We have released the first release candidate of the Open Build Service 1.0. With the release candidate, all the features are now in place to support collaboration to build distributions in the open.
The Open Build Service has offered a simple collaboration system since its inception for groups to work closely together on packages or solutions stacks. The 1.0 RC 1 release improves on existing functionality to allow the Build Service to scale to larger projects like openSUSE's Factory distribution.
The majority of this functionality is implemented on the server side. The rest can be implemented by the various Build Service clients, so that contributors can take advantage of the new features.
The Build Service team has also introduced a number of smaller improvements and bugfixes to make the system more scalable and usable.
The Open Build Service is now considered "feature complete" for collaboration, but the team is expecting a lot of user feedback since this now is openSUSE's standard tool for working on their distribution. We will be releasing frequent updates to improve the Build Service based on this feedback. Contributors can discuss the build service on the mailing list and on Freenode in the #opensuse-buildservice channel.