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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Prague, Czech Republic

    Default openSUSE Strategy: Mobile and cloud ready distribution

    Hi all!

    As we promised earlier[1] starting today we'll be discussing the third
    of strategies: Mobile and cloud ready distribution[2]. Please try to add
    your comments to particular bulletpoints or sentences, so it is easier
    for us to merge your suggestions into final form. Happy discussing!



    openSUSE - Mobile and cloud ready distribution

    1.) Statement:

    We are the Linux distribution that embraces a mobile and social world
    backed by cloud data services delivering a desktop experience best
    integrated with those platforms. In addition, we deliver a server
    solution to host the data and the development tools for those
    platforms and devices. Our target customers are professionals,
    developers, IT departments, and mobile consumers.

    2.) Use cases:

    Fred wants to sync his bookmarks, addresses, files, application data,
    etc. between his desktop machines and mobile devices via the cloud in
    a seamless manner. Next year, his company plans to run their own
    private cloud server infrastructure instead of using a public service.
    Fred also wants to easily connect to the most common social network
    services out-of-the-box when he installs openSUSE.

    3.) Background:

    We have discussed our expectations for the future and we understand
    the "Google vision" where Google (as well as other companies but
    Google is the prime example here) hosts all data that then follows
    mobile users to wherever they are and whatever kind of (mobile) device
    they have. Our tweak here is that we think some customers do not wish
    to use the public infrastructure for their data.

    4.) Activities:

    4.a.) We need to be excellent in the following:

    * Create connectivity server for private cloud data service
    * Support client connectivity to cloud services hosted by others, e.g.
    * Support connectivity to our private cloud service
    * Establish easy client setup of connectivity and social services
    * Create Tools for remote administration via smart phones of Linux
    Desktop incl. WebYaST
    * Ensure remote administration tools are optimized for use with
    devices (e.g. YaSTroid)
    * Deliver integrated development tools for mobile platforms, e.g.
    Android, MeeGo and WebOS SDKs
    * Collaborate with Android / Meego / WebOS
    (not Apple as it is a closed system)
    * Lobby for open standards for mobile data access

    4.b.) We will try to do the following effectively:

    * Deliver a distribution integrating mobile connectivity
    * Deliver a build service for building distribution and applications
    * Provide multiple desktop experiences for everyone wishing to use
    mobile services
    * Provide SUSE specific packages: YaST, zypper, AutoYaST, ...
    * Provide the best social service apps out of the box and make sure
    users easily find them and configure them
    * Bugfixing
    * Testing
    * Feeding back patches to upstream
    * Collaboration with upstream
    * Collaboration with other Linux distros

    4.c.) As project, we will not focus on the following anymore:

    * applications that don't integrate with the mobile world

  2. #2

    Default Re: openSUSE Strategy: Mobile and cloud ready distribution

    Hi everybody:

    Something that worries me because we are migrating some customers to public clouds and we can't offer them entry solutions based on OpenSuse

    There is no public OpenSuse AMI available in Amazon EC2 (al least not in West . Ubuntu and CentOS are gaining momentum in these platforms and has more visibility in these innovative ecosystem. It's same in some cloud tools like RightScale, Rbuilder or Eucalyptus.

    For example, look at developer poll in Eucalyptus community:

    Eucalyptus Community

    I know that is possible to build an AMI through Kiwi and that SuseStudio (great tool!) will offer this feature someday.


    Not only OpenSuse ISOs for download in

    - A link to EC2 public AMI
    - Downloadables VMs for VMware, Xen, Hyper-V, Virtualbox,etc


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2008

    Default Re: openSUSE Strategy: Mobile and cloud ready distribution

    New application, so must require new development and not just packaging. This and the fact it's too niche right now, makes it a high risk strategy with lots of uncertainty about the market. Let Novell or Canonical/ubuntu be the pioneering developers!

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