The Digium Blog has a post up about the 1.5 beta of AsteriskNow being released.
Excerpt from the article
Last month at AstriCon we announced the upcoming launch of AsteriskNOW 1.5, a new version of Digium’s award winning software appliance that incorporates the FreePBX graphical user interface. Today I’m very pleased to announce that the first beta release of AN1.5 is available on asterisknow.org.
For those of you not familiar with the product, AsteriskNOW is a free Linux install image (.iso file) that reduces the process of building an Asterisk-based system to “burn, boot and run”. Simply download the .iso image, burn it to a CD, drop the CD into your soon-to-be Asterisk computer and boot. The integrated installation process will ask a few basic questions, install Linux, Asterisk, the FreePBX GUI and all the other bits and pieces necessary to transform an ordinary PC into an extraordinary communications platform.
AsteriskNOW 1.5 accomplishes the same goal (easy-to-install Asterisk) as AsteriskNOW 1.0 did, but that’s where the similarity ends. We’ve been collecting feedback from users since the launch of 1.0 and the changes in 1.5 reflect the general consensus.