Old build workers, rack mounted
Old build workers, rack mounted
One year after introducing a new kind of Open Build Service worker machines, the “lambkins”, the openSUSE Build Service got a big hardware refresh. The new machines, sponsored by SUSE, are equipped with:
2,8GHz AMD Opteron Processors (6348)
256 GB RAM
one 120 GB SSD
Four of them are located in a chassis with a height of 2 units and run 12-16 workers on them (virtual machines, that are building packages).
That new build power allowed us to remove some of old machines from the pool. The unified hardware makes the management of the machines a lot easier now, even if there are still the most powerful old machines left.
While we had some fun and good food and drinks, we also managed to discuss a lot during the three days in the Nuremberg headquarter. This was needed because this was the first time that the Heroes came together in their current form. In the end, we managed to do no coding and even (nearly) no administration – but instead we started to discuss our (internal and external) policies and work flows – and did some decisions regarding the next steps and the future of the openSUSE infrastructure.
During last year's Summer of Code I had the honor of mentoring Nanduni Indeewaree Nimalsiri. She worked on Inqlude, the comprehensive archive of third party Qt libraries, improving the tooling to create a better structured web site with additional features such as categorization by topic. She did an excellent job with it and all of her code ended up on the master branch. But we hadn't yet made the switch to change the default layout of the web site to fully take advantage of all her work. As part of SUSE's 15th Hack Week, which is taking place this week, I took some time to change that, put up some finishing touches, and switch the Inqlude web site to the new layout. So here we are. I proudly present the new improved home page of Inqlude.
Many FOSS projects that are included in distros seem to be relying mostly on one or two part-time developers, if there are any at all. This is in addition to the usual distro problems of a lack of packagers, maintainers, and bug triagers. This leads to developer burnout, bitrot, contributes to security problems (like Heartbleed in OpenSSL), and an outdated user experience (old GUIs and lack of hardware support). A few projects I know of with this problem are:
(I'm not including games because as art they either have mass appeal or they don't, and their abandonment doesn't represent a loss of a fundamental dependency of other programs or expected usability. Steam, Humble Bundle, and GOG.com are solving that problem anyways.)
There is a recurring hypothetical question of what happens if Linus is hit by a truck, but this would have limited impact on kernel development due to the number of active developers. But many other projects which greatly enhance the user experience are at risk of abandonment or already have been.
Obviously some deficiencies become less important with age like drivers (3dfx, soft modems) and some require expertise and resources that are hard to find (OCR, voice recognition). But there seems to be many mainstream projects that are at risk.
Is there any way to identify projects that are at risk? Ubuntu has popcon which shows package popularity by installation and maintainers, but this doesn't show changes from upstream. What I would like to see is a comprehensive list of project development activity and number of developers, ranked by distro popularity.submitted by /u/jhansonxi
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