Open Build Service version 2.6 released

Another year, another release. It's time for the Open Build Service Version 2.6! This release very much focuses on bug fixing. Since OBS 2.5 there have been over 800 commits by 16 contributors, changing 565 files with 7.000 additions and 4,550 deletions. But don't despair we did not only fix bugs, two large features also made it into this release. We worked on the collaboration features of the OBS, requests now support priority and have a better history and we have added support for building Debian live images.

Read on for more, in depth, information about OBS version 2.6.

Lots of bugfixes to the OBS 2.6 codebase


A nice OBS 2.6 request history


Build Debian Live Images with OBS 2.6

More Powerful Requests

Requests, which are the way people submit and evaluate changes to each others projects in OBS, now have a priority so all parties involved can signal the weight and urgency they give their changes. This is especially useful for larger projects that handle hundreds of requests or projects that sometimes have very urgent changes, like security updates for distribution maintenance channels. Another feature we have added to requests is a history of it's reviews. It's perfectly understandable now how a request got into the state (accepted, declined, under review) it is in. Additionally the requests history elements now have a finer granularity, which enables us to display them more flexible.

Debian Live Images

Additionally to all the imaging capabilities of KIWI which the OBS supports we now can also build images with Debians live-build. These images contains a Debian system that can boot without modifying any files on the hard drive and also allow installation of Debian from the contents of the image. Special thanks for adding this feature go to Jan Blunck of Brocade.

Smaller features...

  • Groups can have maintainers now, who can modify the member list
  • Optional binary package tracking, can be used to track released packages. This is especially useful for distribution maintenance.
  • The Web UI displays project links correctly.
  • Entire projects can be linked now with frozen source revisions.
  • We are now handling the case of multiple binary packages with the same name by default.
  • More information

    If you are longing for a deeper look into all the changes this major version update brings check out the detailed 2.6 Release Notes. It is also recommended to read these before updating your OBS instance!

    Try OBS 2.6

    The reference server is available for all open source developers to build packages for the most popular distributions including openSUSE, Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu, Arch, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise. It is also used to build, release and maintain the openSUSE distribution.

    Get OBS 2.6

    You can download all the OBS components (Clients, API, Server, Worker) from our download page and setup your own Open Build Service instance.

    About the Open Build Service

    The Open Build Service (OBS) is a generic system to build and distribute binary packages from sources in an automatic, consistent and reproducible way. You can release packages as well as updates, add-ons, appliances and entire distributions for a wide range of operating systems and hardware architectures.

    It is developed by a talented team of developers as Free Software and is used by many Free and Open Source software projects, companies and researchers. Including but not limited to SUSE the original provider of the enterprise Linux distribution, the Tizen standards-based software platform supported by leading mobile operators and ownCloud your secure enterprise file sync and share.