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Environment for the development and distribution of open source software

Objective

Open source distribution editors package and assemble a large number of programs and applications into a single tested distribution, together with a set of tools to install and administer the system.

Two key functions are:
- Producing a new version of a distribution: for this the editor starts from a complete version of the distribution, it add and delete packages, refreshes packages with more recent versions, reconfigure packages, etc.
- Customizing a distribution for a specific user: this user can be a corporate user wanting a specific distribution for its needs, a hardware or a software vendor. Customization includes adding, deleting packages, updating and configuring packages. The main objective will be to develop technology and tools to support and improve these two processes.

Our goal is to dramatically increase the team productivity. We will do this by addressing three problems: The current way distribution edition is done is as follows: a complete copy of the current state of the software is available at the central site of the editor. This data is then mirrored on a set of mirrors in a hierarchical although crude and inconsistent fashion. The mirroring problem can be solved through various methods, coming either distributed database technology or from peer-to-peer approaches. We will propose specific tools and mechanisms to solve the problem, provide an implementation and the analysis of the impact of our solution.

Packagers collect packages manually over the Web, then build and maintain the dependency data, This manual process will be, partially at least, automated. Packages are delivered from the outside with various levels of tests, test should be partially done outside, in many cases only the package developer is able to really test, and should do it. Tools and technology will be developed to partially automate the QA process. Protocols will be defined to allow the definition and transmission of tests among the various actors of the community.

Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN INFORMATIQUE ET EN AUTOMATIQUE
Address
Domaine De Voluceau
78153 Le Chesnay
France

Participants (8)

CAIXA MAGICA SOFTWARE LDA
Portugal
Address
Av. Das Forcas Armadas 125, 4 A
1600079 Lisboa
CSP - INNOVAZIONE NELLE ICT S.C.A.R.L.
Italy
Address
Via Livorno 60
10144 Torino
EDGE-IT
France
Address
43 Rue D'aboukir
Paris 02
NEXEDI SARL
France
Address
943 Avenue De La Republique
59700 Marq En Baroeul
NUXEO SARL
France
Address
49 Rue De La Clef
75005 Paris 5
TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY
Israel
Address
Ramat Aviv
39040 Tel Aviv
UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE
Switzerland
Address
Rue Du General Dufour 24
1211 Geneve 4
UNIVERSITE PARIS 7 DENIS DIDEROT
France
Address
Place Jussieu 2
75251 Paris Cedex 05