December 05, 2008

Devzone and Autobuilder now open

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="400" caption="Devzone"]Devzone[/caption]

If you've kept track of the latest in the Nexenta community, or logged into our build machines, you'll know about a neat little set of utilities we have built on top of Opensolaris Zones. Devzones are a simple concept which allow you to create a custom zone, and creating multiple copies for developers.


The devzone package is now available online from sourceforge under the GPL2 license.

We've been adding new features to make administration simple. Devzones will be built into the upcoming NCP2 Beta release.

Meanwhile you can take a look at what's cooking in the background at the below address, or checkout the latest from SVN

Project page:

SVN: svn co devzone


The autobuilder project too has been hosted on sourceforge. This is a distributed way to build those humongous apt repositories for your Ubuntu sized distro.

Client nodes can request for packages to build. This is almost fully complete and is already functional as a web based view of debain apt repositories. Give it a try at

Project page:

SVN: svn co autobuilder

I'm working on a simple tutorial for devzones, and it should be published shortly.. so stay tuned for that. Meanwhile, spread the word.

Thank Tim Spriggs(rootard) for these tools. If you have any questions, or want to participate, join our IRC channel at #nexenta@freenode (there's a web based interface here).