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Huawei's CentOS-based openEuler goes live — source code available as well

openEuler Linux taking off, source code available for download (Source: openEuler)
openEuler Linux taking off (Source: openEuler)
With the arrival of the source code on Gitee, Huawei's CentOS-based openEuler Linux distro is taking one step forward. However, this notable effort by the Chinese tech giant is currently sabotaged by its unfinished website and documentation, as well as the apparently non-bootable ISO available for download.

Formally launched back in September 2019 as a response to the sanctions Huawei had been subjected to by the United States, openEuler is a CentOS-based Linux distribution that still has a long way ahead before it can be called a "ready to launch" product. However, this hasn't stopped Huawei from publishing its source code on Gitee, the Chinese alternative of the popular Microsoft-owned GitHub.

Huawei's openEuler is present on Gitee via two different repositories — one for the source code itself, and the other acting as a package source that stores software packages used to build the operating system. 

The English version of the official openEuler website can be found here but, unfortunately, it looks like Huawei still has a lot of work to do. Right now, the Members section is under construction, and the English documentation section is in the same stage. On the other hand, anyone who is interested in joining the effort and maybe — but quite unlikely — having an impact on its outcome is still welcome to do so.

The two highlights mentioned by Huawei on the openEuler website are iSulad and A-Tune. The first one is a lightweight gRPC container runtime written in C that includes fully OCI-compatible interfaces, while the second is being described by Huawei as "a system software to auto-optimize the system adaptively to multiple scenarios with embedded AI-engine" which definitely sounds interesting, although it might take a while for the English-speaking community to see it in action.

For now, it seems that the ISO image available for download is missing the partition table so it cannot be used. This discovery has been made by It's FOSS and we will be sure to try the ISO once again in a few days, maybe we can get back with a quick hands-on before the end of the month.

As usual, feel free to share your thoughts with the rest of us in the comments section. Would you trust openEuler enough to turn it into your daily driver OS?

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Codrut Nistor, 2020-01-10 (Update: 2020-01-10)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.