Perl 5.20: After 12 months of development work, Perl 5.20 has arrived with around 470,000 lines of changes from 124 authors. Your first port of call is the perldelta for 5.20 which lists all the changes – Unicode 6.3 support, a new slice syntax, better 64 bit support, better locale handling, more consitent tainting, do subroutine made a syntax error, quotey escape changes, performance enhancements, lots of module upgreades and some new modules too… the list is huge and if you’re a Perl developer you’ll have plenty to dig into there.
Openduty: Do you have a need to be paged or page others when things go awry? Openduty is Ustream’s contribution to handle escalating incidents like that and its just been open sourced. Developed at a company hackathon, it’s API compatible with PagerDuty, one of the leaders in commercial escalation, works with nagios monitoring and can generate email, XMPP, SMS, Phone and Push notifications. Openduty is licensed under the DWTFYWPL, the licence that won’t make it past most profanity filters. Who you gonna call? Everyone who’s on call of course.
Tails 1.0: The developers of Tails, the Linux distro built for anonymity and privacy, have declared the latest version Tails 1.0. Tails wires all its networking through Tor and leaves no traces on machines where its been livebooted. Its ideal in situations where you want your digital footprint minimised. Version 1.0 sees browser updates, Tor patches including a Heartbleed vulnerable blacklist, bug fixes and a new logo for the project. The announcement also lays out plans for 1.1 (A switch to Debian 7), 2.0 (better building for a longer life) and 3.0 (sandboxing and isolation) and invites developers to contribute… it is a project which has got some great reviews.
Debian 7.5: Talking about Debian, the latest bugfix and patch rollup release, Debian 7.5 has just arrived. If you keep your Debian system up to date, you’re already good, but if you install a lot of systems from spinning or stickish media then you may want to take this opportunity to update your images. Full details of the fixes, bug and security, are in the announcement.
Apache OpenOffice 4.1: The Apache OpenOffice project has announced AOo 4.1, the latest iteration in the direct descendent of the original OpenOffice. The release notes highlight the Windows version’s IAccessible2 support for better screen reader integration and the addition of comments and annotations for text ranges. In place field editing, interactive cropping, unified import/drag/drop for images, better vectors and new (Bulgarian, Danish, Hebrew, Hindi, Thai and Norwegian Bokmal) translations and other updated translations and dictionaries. Also, behind the scenes, AOo now uses NSS libraries rather than the older Mozilla networking code so that it is a bit more secure and a lot easier to build.