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YaSTroid

What is YaSTroid you ask? Its our hackweek project.  Several of the SLED team developers and fellow friends got together including Jared Allen, Scott Reeves, Sandy Armstrong, Mario Carrion, Alan Clark, FunkyPenguin, and myself.  Recently several of us have had an interest in the android platform. So, we decided to take this hackweek and write an android based application that we thought would benefit many of you.

The application we wrote is an android frontend to WebYaST.   The way the application works is that it takes advantage of the RESTful API that is provided by the WebYaST service.

As of right now our application is still fairly simple with some really cool ideas.  Also, as the WebYaST REST interface adds new features we’ll be able to add them to our app as well.

Screenshots you say?  I’m sorry to disappoint, however we do have this awesome video that demos our app instead.  Brought to you by Scott Reeves and Stephen Shaw with a special thanks to our camera man Chris Coray and Novell for hosting the video.

So, here is a flash video and mp4 video.

EDIT: Sorry, here are the links to the source code and an apk if you’d like to test it and give us feedback.

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SUSE Studio Launch!

Its not every day something this cool is announced and released: SUSE Studio is finally ready to go live.  For those of you that don’t know what SUSE Studio is, it is a web based appliance builder.  It allows you to take either Novell’s SLE11 (Enterprise Server or Desktop) or openSUSE 11.1 as your base OS and customize it however you want.  With any image base, one could completely build a custom appliance from the bootsplash to software to the last character in a file.

This will enable communities and companies alike to deliver an image with their software already installed, provide a demo, or use it however they want using various formats.  Some of the current formats are disk image, live cd/dvd, vmware, and xen with more to come. (Both 32 and 64 supported)

A couple of the really cool features that I really like are the ability to add custom repositories, add mysql and upload my db, add custom files, the suse studio API, and maybe one of the coolest is test drive.  What test drive allows you to do is test your appliance in the web browser without having to download it first!  You can even customize files in test drive and save those changes out for the next time you build your appliance.

There are just too many cool options and features that I can’t do it justice and therefore I will give out invites to those, until I run out, that comment on this blog post!  Remember to leave your email or I can’t seem you an invite.