Open Recall: Fresh Linux releases and something to read
Open Recall is a space on The H for those things that are too small to package as news but are worth covering. In this edition: a Foresight Linux release, a new Network Security Toolkit, the second update for ROSA Marathon 2012, a new issue of IFOSSLR, and the results of the Future of Open Source Survey from Black Duck.
- First Foresight Linux release since 2011 – Foresight Linux 2.5.3 brings an update to the Long Term Support version 3.4 of the Linux kernel and improvements to its Conary package manager. Linux kernel 3.8 will become available later as a "drop-in upgrade", according to the developers. This release is the first major release of the distribution since Foresight Linux 2.5.0 was released in March 2011.
- Network Security Toolkit introduces systemd support – The developers of the specialist live distribution Network Security Toolkit (NST) have announced "the most robust and stable release of NST to date". Network Security Toolkit 18-4509 now supports systemd services and the NST Network Interface Bandwidth Monitor has gained a number of new features. A detailed list of all enhancements and improvements in the new version can be found in the release notes on SourceForge.
- Second update for ROSA Marathon 2012 – ROSA Laboratory has released the second update pack for its ROSA Marathon 2012 distribution. ROSA Marathon 2012 is an enterprise desktop based on Mandriva that has five years of support. The release includes updated packages and several critical security fixes. The product has been rebranded and will, going forward, be known as ROSA Enterprise Desktop X1 "Marathon".
- IFOSSLR 5.1 – Issue 1 of Volume 5 of the International Free and Open Source Software Law Review (IFOSSLR) has been published and includes articles on copyright case law on APIs on both sides of the Atlantic and a detailed analysis of the Lisp LGPL among other things. Contents of the issue are available in HTML and PDF format from the IFOSSLR web site.
- Black Duck survey results – Black Duck has published the results of its seventh annual Future of Open Source Survey. From the results, the company recognised government, healthcare and media sectors as the current major growth areas for open source software. They also conclude that the overall quality of open source software has increased. More details about the survey results can be found in Black Duck's announcement.