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Open Build Service gets IMB’s PowerLinux 7R2 servers

The Open Build Service (OBS), previosuly known as openSUSE Build Service, is a great  distribution development platform which enables developers to compile packages for multiple Linux distributions including openSUSE and competitors like Red Hat, Ubuntu and many more. According to the latest stats, “the openSUSE instance currently has over 30.000 users that are building almost 160.000 packages for 22 base distributions on 6 architectures.”

All this work means, OBS needs quite a lot of computing power. Many companies support OBS by sponsoring hardware.

Jos Poortvliet, openSUSE community manager says, “In the last weeks, the Open Build Service has received support from several sponsors. SUSE brought in a new, powerful x86 compute rack, ARM support was beefed up with Samsung Arndale boards and today we are happy to announce that IBM has provided us with two IBM PowerLinux 7R2 servers to increase build capacity for its Power platform!”

This brings the number of different build hosts to 10 that help building the latest versions of Linux packages on the Power architecture.

Now there are a total of ten different build hosts that continuously build the latest versions of Linux packages on the Power architecture. By using virtualization technology on these nodes, the compute power is scaled even further, providing multiple isolated build environments. Thousands of packages are built each week on this combination, making the Linux on IBM Power combination a vibrant option, not only for the technically adept, but for any developer wishing to support this platform.

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“Thousands of packages are built each week on this combination, making the Linux on IBM Power combination a vibrant option, not only for the technically adept, but for any developer wishing to support this platform,” concluded Poortvliet.

Swapnil Bhartiya

A free software fund-a-mental-ist and Charles Bukowski fan, Swapnil also writes fiction and tries to find cracks in the paper armours of proprietary companies. Swapnil has been covering Linux and Free Software/Open Source since 2005.