BoxGrinder Build 0.5.0 release with Fedora 13 on EC2 support and StormFolio update

BoxGrinder Build 0.5.0 released!

I'm really happy to announce new BG release. Many people are waiting, so let's go into details!

Fedora 13 support for EC2

This was a big task. Thank to guys at Amazon and Fedora/Red Hat community we make it come true. Fedora 13 runs smoothly on EC2! This was possible because Amazon released new PVGrub kernel images. With that AKI's we can run our own (installed on AMI) kernel instead of forced by Amazon's. Goodbye old kernels!

This opens new possibilities for Fedora on EC2, for example there is a plan for Fedora 14+ to have official AMI's on EC2. You can see the feature page on Fedora wiki. Feel free also to join Fedora Cloud list and say what you think!

Continuous Integration and nightly builds

We set up a Continuous Integration server for StormGrind projects (BG included!) here. You can watch if we write stable code and download latest builds!

Artifact downloads

Fresh appliances in StormFolio

Yes, we know, you want to start NOW. We prepared new, fresh appliances, among others with Fedora 13 JEOS. It's ready to run on your favorite virtualization platform. We updated also GateIn appliance to latest version (3.1.0.FINAL).

Full list of appliances is available on StormFolio dowload page.

External plugins

We've done another major step in simplifying BoxGrinder. We removed plugins from our core repo and moved them to plugins repo. What's the big deal? From now we can release an update to a plugin (or a new plugin of course!) without pushing out new BG version. It'll speed up new features delivery and make you happy!

Every plugin, exactly like BoxGrinder itself, is released as a gem. For full list of released plugins consult this page.

How to use the new plugins you may ask? It's really simple, install boxgrinder-build gem

gem install boxgrinder-build

and install selected plugin

gem install boxgrinder-build-fedora-os-plugin

…and you're ready to build appliances based on Fedora OS.

In the near feature you can expect an article about writing new plugins, step-by-step, with examples. Watch the space!


Thank you for using BoxGrinder and our appliances. Now, go grab the hot stuff and let us know how it works! We really need your feedback. If you're new to BoxGrinder, start with our documentation and let us know how it goes!

BoxGrinder Build JIRA is always open for issues. / mobile application prepared for JBoss World / Red Hat Summit is based on CirrAS? Thanks CityTech! Read more on how it's made on CityTech blog post.

BoxGrinder Build 1.0.0.Beta2 and new StormFolio appliances: GateIn 3.0.0.FINAL and Fedora 11 JEOS

I'm happy to announce availability of new BoxGrinder Build version. 1.0.0.Beta2 is a bugfix release. We focused us on easy delivering of BoxGrinder Build too. From now we use RubyGems to deliver BoxGrinder Build releases -- there is no need to grab sources. For always up to date versions go to BoxGrinder Build RubyGem page. We added Fedora 12 support to BoxGrinder too, now you can build also Fedora 12 images.

If you're using Fedora (11 or 12) you can also add BoxGrinder repo to your setup and run:

yum install rubygem-boxgrinder-build

to install BoxGrinder Build.

With new BoxGrinder Build version we released brand new meta appliance which is ready to build your images. You can grab it here.

BoxGrinder Build documentation was updated. Especially we added a Quick Start page so you can start building your images as quickly as possible.

New StormFolio appliances

Two weeks ago GateIn team released final version of GeteIn 3.0.0. GateIn is a portal project from JBoss and eXo. We provide now appliances ready to run GateIn 3.0.0.FINAL on your favorite virtual environment as well on EC2!

We feel there is strong demand for appliances easy to customize. Therefore we provide now a JEOS version of Fedora. It's Fedora 11 based, we're working to make a really good Fedora 12 image (news soon!). You can run a JEOS appliance and install necessary software. This way you can quick start with development or production environment without CD jugging.

All appliances are ready to use, grab them from StormFolio download page!


Now we want to work on BoxGrinder REST and deliver first Beta in the near future. Keep an eye on this blog and Twitter.

First StormFolio appliance: GateIn

Yesterday GateIn developers announced a new 3.0.0.CR1 version. GateIn is a result of merge of two big projects: JBoss Portal and eXo Portal. You can read more about GateIn on project page.


Today we created first appliance for StormFolio - a GateIn appliance. You can grab it from StormFolio appliances directory. As usual we're providing EC2 AMI's and RAW and VMware images. Have a lot fun with it!

StormFolio is a placeholder for all JBoss (company, not product!) appliances built for demo/showcase purposes. We'll successively add new appliances. Currently we're thinking about a set of Infinispan appliances.

Interested in source code? All StormFolio appliances are built using BoxGrinder. Appliance definitions are available in StormFolio repository. Spec files for additional RPMs are located in stormfolio-rpm repo. We're building RPMs using Cantiere. If you have ideas for new appliances let us know - create a ticket!