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New Package for packager: whohas

November 16th, 2010 by

Sometimes a packager asked himself, who has already packaged this Software? Maybe the Packagingfiles can help me to fix a error? Or maybe an other packager has a written a patch that i can use for my situation?
Philipp L. Wesche knows this situation, and he wrote a program, that allows to view in other Distributions and Repositories, who has a specific Software packaged. The commandline tool “whohas” supports Arch, Debian, Fedora, Gentoo, Mandriva, openSUSE, Slackware, linuxpackages.net, Source Mage, Ubuntu, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Fink, MacPorts and Cygwin. Philipp wrote this tool in Perl and was designed to help package maintainers find ebuilds, pkgbuilds and similar package definitions to learn from.

The Tutorial from the Autor can found at: http://www.philippwesche.org/200811/whohas/intro.html

You can download this tool on: http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/openSUSE:/Factory:/Contrib

WebYaST – now for openSUSE

November 16th, 2010 by

We first released WebYaST in January this year, but while we did release it under Open Source licensing straight from the get-go, we were so busy working on the SUSE Appliance Program that we could not properly test it to also ship an openSUSE packaged version – yet.

That changed with our newest release, and those of you building openSUSE images in SUSE Studio can now add WebYaST to any build with just another click in the selections, as James Tan documented in exquisite snapshotting detail in his blog post.

Internally, we have been mostly focusing on Appliance use, albeit with increasingly frequent forays into the land of more general-purpose Enterprise system administration.  While the current release is quite complete for its Appliance Toolkit use case, it still has a way to go to match the completeness provided by “classic YaST” to openSUSE users.  While over time the array of modules will steadily grow, there are two remarks that I want to make today: for one, WebYaST is to me an extremely exciting bit of configuration and monitoring software, not just because of its elegant look and web-based interface, but particularly because of the cleverness of simplified interaction in some modules (take a spin of the Firewall module to see exactly what I mean).  The second bit is that, because of WebYaST’s newness, the space is ripe for Contributors with creative ideas to come in with Community modules: access to configuration and monitoring features over a Web UI is a powerful mixture, especially when combined with the rise of Smartphone and Tablet computing we are seeing… just a thought I wanted to leave your fertile minds with!

Some documentation to oil your synapses 🙂 Happy Hacking! -F2