Feb 25, 2013

Coordinating efforts to create OpenStack packages for openSUSE and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

Engineers from B1 Systems and SUSE have now joined forces to package OpenStack in the Open Build Service for openSUSE and SUSE Linux Enterprise. The B1 Systems engineers bring in their OpenStack consulting and packaging expertise, the SUSE team their packaging and hardening expertise from building a commercial OpenStack based release with SUSE Cloud.

The work is done in the Open Build Service which allows building of packages for various distributions and versions of it. There are stable packages available from the latest OpenStack release, Folsom, and beta packages of the upcoming Grizzly release. These OpenStack packages are build now for openSUSE 12.2, openSUSE 12.3 and SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 SP2.
The joint development project is contained in the Cloud:OpenStack and its subprojects.

Additionally, OpenStack Folsom is part of the upcoming openSUSE 12.3 release. Thus, you can build, administrate and use an OpenStack cloud within openSUSE.

If you like to use OpenStack packages or join the team, please join us on the mailing list opensuse-cloud@opensuse.org (subscribing information is here).

I'll talk in future posts on the development progress of these packages in the Open Build Service. In the meantime, to get more information about OpenStack on openSUSE, see the openSUSE OpenStack Portal.

Some background: B1 Systems is a consulting partner of SUSE and offers support for OpenStack on openSUSE and SUSE Linux Enterprise.  Some of their engineers have been packaging OpenStack for over two years now (starting with Bexar) and made those packages available through the Open Build Service for both openSUSE and SUSE Linux Enterprise. SUSE has delivered last year its SUSE Cloud 1.0 release that is based on OpenStack Essex.