SMB Traffic Analyzer submitted to openSUSE Tumbleweed rolling update distro
The complete SMB Traffic Analyzer (SMBTA in the following) software package (up to date Samba including SMBTA VFS module, smbtad and smbtatools) are now available in openSUSE’s Tumbleweed distribution, making it ready to run SMBTA out of the box. Since my blog is read by quite some people outside of the openSUSE community, I am using this space to shortly introduce the Tumbleweed project, as it might raise interest to those who were not aware of it.
openSUSE Tumbleweed is a project to provide the openSUSE Distribution in form of rolling updates. At a glance, this means in the ideal world: Install Tumbleweed once, and never run out of updates or maintenance, as Tumbleweed will update itself to always match the current package versions that openSUSE’s maintainers or the according open source projects consider as the current stable release of a package. In difference to the openSUSE Factory distribution, which simply provides the current development state of openSUSE, Tumbleweed will not provide unstable or experimental packages. The projects idea was being discussed for longer time in the community, and finally brought to life and implementation by Greg Kroah-Hartman, who announced a Tumbleweed repository in the openSUSE Buildservice. In it’s current form, Tumbleweed is driven by a number of package maintainers and developers who want to make Tumbleweed to happen, and relies on package maintainers to support Tumbleweed by submitting their packages to the repository.
It’s very easy to jump from openSUSE 11.3 to Tumbleweed by using zypper, to give it a try. I run it successfully in a virtual machine since Tumbleweed was announced, and consider to make it my distribution for development/work as it brings advantages that I don’t want to miss. Being able to release a new SMB Traffic Analyzer version and having it available for users and packaged in a distribution in a matter of hours is one of them. Read more about that on the Tumbleweed page in the openSUSE wiki.