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Subversion software appliance runs Linux

Jan 12, 2009 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

WANdisco announced the availability of an embedded software appliance that runs Linux and incorporates the popular open source “Subversion” revision control system for distributed software development. The Subversion MultiSite Software Appliance combines Subversion, Apache server, rPath Linux, and WANdisco's multi-site replication technology, says the company.

The Subversion MultiSite Software Appliance is a software distribution that the user installs on hardware they acquire themselves. The centerpiece of the package is the open source Subversion version control system, which aims to help distributed programming teams collaborate effectively. Subversion runs atop a custom JeOS (just enough OS) Linux OS derived from the rPath Linux distro. The rPath distribution is designed specifically for use by ISVs (independent software vendors) wishing to deliver their products as pre-installed hardware appliances, or as “software appliances.”

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WANdisco's Subversion appliance has no reliance on hardware or software configurations, says the company. The appliance is said to run in virtualization environments including VMware ESX, Citrix XenServer, and Windows with Hyper-V.

Stated Billy Marshall, rPath founder and chief strategy officer, “WANdisco is the perfect example of an innovative ISV that understands the value of virtualization and the cloud.”


The Subversion MultiSite Software Appliance is available now, says WANdisco. More information and links to a free download page may be found here.

In addition, rPath has helped WANdisco develop and maintain application images for virtualized and cloud computing environments using the appliance.

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