"The Ubuntu Linux distribution isn't the only open
source project with a long-term-support release on the horizon. The
Asterisk open source VoIP PBX (define) project is moving ahead with
its own long-term support (LTS) plans with its 1.8 release.
"Asterisk's LTS releases are maintained for at least four years,
as opposed to regular releases, which are only supported for a
minimum of one year. The Asterisk 1.4 release, which came out in
2006, is considered the current LTS version, with the more recent
Asterisk 1.6 branch designated as the regular release. The move to
an LTS model is a new approach for the Asterisk project.
"Just a year ago, Kevin Fleming, director of software
technologies at Digium, said that Asterisk 1.6 would be the base
for future Asterisk releases and that no 1.8 release would be
coming. Digium is the lead commercial sponsor behind the Asterisk
project, and was founded by Asterisk creator Mark Spencer."
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