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Novell openSUSE 11.3 and Build Service near release

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From the 'Gecko On The Move' files:

Novell's openSUSE developers have been a busy bunch this week.

Today openSUSE 11.3 milestone 7 is out which is the last stop ahead of a Release Candidate in June and a final release in July. The openSUSE Build Service 2.0 Beta 1 came out yesterday with a final release now set for June 10.

The two releases are somewhat linked in a way.

The openSUSE Build Service is a really neat offering was first announced back in 2007 and hit its 1.0 release in 2008. What the build service enables is any open source develop to build Linux packages for openSUSE as well as rival distros Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora and Mandriva. The Build Service is also used in the actual building of the openSUSE distribution itself.

With the 2.0 version, new enhancements are set to make the whole developer experience easier and faster.

"The new Web UI makes your work more efficient as stuff is where it is expected, it loads faster and gives you a better access to projects, packages and meta data," Andreas Jaeger, program manager at openSUSE wrote in a mailing list posting.

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