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14 July 2010, 12:58

FOSSology 1.2.0 released

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FOSSologoy Logo The FOSSology Project has announced the release of version 1.2 of their free software tools for the study and analysis of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). The project began as an internal software development effort within Hewlett Packard's (HP) Open Source and Linux Organisation. Using FOSSology, which originally only consisted of a few simple shell scripts, developers and IT buyers can locate open source software within an enterprise and perform various tasks, such as licence management.

According to HP's Mary Laser, the latest update features faster and more accurate licence detection thanks to the "Nomos License scanner", which is based on a licence scanner that the company has used internally for several years. Version 1.2 also adds the ability to customise reporting categories. Other changes and improvements include faster generation of reports, a copyright/URL/email scanner and support for cataloguing both RPM and Debian package data.

More details about the release can be found in the release notes and in the official release announcement. FOSSology 1.2 is available to download from SourceForge and developer documentation is provided. FOSSology source code is licensed under version 2 of the GNU General Public Licence (GPLv2), with the exception of the libfossdb and libfossrepo libraries which are released under version 2.1 of the Lesser General Public License (LGPLv2.1).

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