GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT RELEASE
There are two distribution formats:
- tar.gz bundle which can be unpacked and this way installed in a single directory,
- rpm which can be installed system-wide in the Linux standard locations.
The rpm is build and tested on Centos 6, noarch. It should work flawlessly also on SL6 and recent Fedora distributions. We may build packages for other distributions in future, however the tar.gz format should be fully portable. Java 8 JRE is the primary installation prerequisite. For more detailed installation information please check the Unity manual.
1.6.X RELEASE SERIES
The highlights of 1.6.0 release are:
- Unity appearance and its control was generally improved.
- First of all Unity interfaces use now a new, modern theme, based on Vaadin’s Valo theme.
- The login screen was fully reorganized to be more user friendly and flexible. It is possible to organize authentication options into logical groups (called ’tiles’), regardless of underlying authentication protocol. It is also possible two use different types of presentation of authentication options: either by showing all at once or in a lazy loaded table more suitable in case of many possibilities.
- Style modifications are possible now (using SASS compiled to CSS). What is more each and every web endpoint can have a different styling. All default images can be replaced.
- Merging of accounts (entities) is possible now, in a number of variants:
- Administrator can merge two existing entities by attaching one to another. Some of the settings of the entity being merged into can be lost during this operation.
- Users can now link identities on their own, e.g. to be able to log into Unity and its dependant services with different external accounts. This operation can be triggered from Home UI (to add another external identity) and during the first login with an unknown remote identity (as an alternative to register a new account). Both ways can be turned off by administrator.
- Besides self-modifiable attributes it is possible now to use self-modifiable identities. Admin UI has now Identity types management tab, where such possibility can be activated. Home UI provides appropriate editing functionality. What is more it is possible to control minimum number of elements for identity types, e.g. to require at least 1 confirmed email identity.
- There is also a range of smaller new features like enhanced REST API with write operations, possibility to control individual values of exposed SAML attributes on the consent screen or improved flexibility of output translation profiles.
Please note that this is the 1.6.x releases are the last supporting Java 7. From the 1.7.0 version Unity will require Java 8 to be started.
Make sure to read the detailed update instruction, which can be found in documentation before upgrading.
Big thanks to everybody involved in this release!
DETAILED LIST OF CHANGES
Here you can download previous versions from the series and read their documentation: