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Jul 21, 2009, 15:33 (0 Talkback[s])
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Desktop-as-a-Service Designed for Any Cloud ? Nutanix Frame

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"Recently, the Open Object Rexx project (ooRexx; see Resources later in this article for more info) converted its old on-demand software build system from VMware-hosted guest operating systems to Linux Kernel Virtual Machine (KVM)-hosted guests. This change provided a more efficient build environment and reduced the build times for users.

"The ooRexx software build system allows developers to build ooRexx software packages for multiple x86-based platforms and operating systems. Currently, the supported guest operating systems include Windows® XP (i386), Fedora 10 (i386 and x86_64), and Ubuntu 8.04 (i386). These guest operating systems can produce ooRexx installation and documentation packages for Windows (EXE), Fedora and openSUSE (RPM), and Ubuntu (DEB). Other x86-based operating systems will come online as demanded by the developers and users of ooRexx.

"This article shows how to create your own software build system, taking the ooRexx development team's setup as an example and including tips and direction as needed for developers experienced with ooRexx, Apache, and Linux. You can download the server and guest scripts at the end of this article. As designed, the system is specifically for building the ooRexx software, but the concepts can be applied to a general purpose build system for any software."

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