GNU Bayonne 1.2

What's happening with GNU Bayonne? The project leader fills us in on the free telecommunications application server.

GNU Bayonne is the telecommunications application server of the GNU Project. With the introduction of embedded SQL support, we are now actually close to having what I hope will be a new stable Bayonne base release, 1.2. Ideally, I would like to introduce a 1.2 release in late January, around the time of LinuxWorld in NYC. However, there are a number of specific things that I think need to happen before we can do a 1.2 release.

First, we need to update the documentation for GNU Bayonne. The documentation was never entirely complete or fully accurate even for the 1.0 release, and certainly is obsolete at this point. Documentation completion depends to some extent on feature completion, but the question of what a feature complete 1.2 server will be is now at least close to finalized. Does anyone wish to come forward to help on that?

In terms of remaining features for the 1.2 server, now that server embedded SQL support has been introduced, there is only a few immediate/short-term goals I have left. These include restructuring of existing RPC services, and the ability to support telephony enabled web services through Bayonne scripting. With this, and further work on GNU Bayonne XML parsing, it will become much easier to use GNU Bayonne to telephony enable existing web services and web hosted applications. This, hopefully, will be the last noticeable server feature change, other than driver work.

Speaking of driver work, there are issues in existing drivers, and some new/incomplete drivers that need to be finished. The capi driver either needs to be actively maintained, or I will rewrite it so I can maintain it. I do not have much hope to have time to look at the oh323, vmodem, zapata, or brooktrout drivers before spring, unless others choose to come forward to work on those. Hence, I do not expect any new drivers to be introduced with 1.2, at least at this point.

Current 1.1 development releases have been meant to test and integrate new features into GNU Bayonne, and to experiment with new or altered features from the normal 1.0 stable releases we currently maintain. The resulting 1.2 release will offer a new stable GNU application telephony platform that will be usable for building complete telephone systems, to better telephony enable web services, and to provide a reference platform for several unannounced projects already underway.

If you wish to help with GNU Bayonne development, feel free to contact me directly at the address above. We also have an ambitious schedule and at least one new person who will be available to travel and speak about GNU Bayonne at events around the world. We are looking for travel sponsorship so we can have GNU Bayonne presentations in at least as many events next year as we were able to do this current year. Finally, we will be introducing a project starting in the Republic of Macedonia to develop GNU Bayonne as a platform to deliver e-government services to the blind and we are actively seeking further sponsorship for that effort as well.

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Re: GNU Bayonne 1.2

Anonymous's picture

I'm concerned that this is an orphan project. If the docs aren't updated soon (1.2 is not even mentioned on the home page), nobody is going to adopt this software.

Re: GNU Bayonne 1.2

Anonymous's picture

Yes, the docs ARE stale.

The RRM and FreeBSD Ports status is also old. Sourceforge has links to 0.6X that lead to a dead site and Mandrake has 0.8.0 according to RPMfind. The FreeBSD ports is 0.5X, but it seems the code INTERNALLY has been kept up...so it compiles on FreeBSD, but it appears the hardware driver is non-functional.

Perhaps to celebrate 1.2.X they'll do a update all the way around like they did with 0.5 (Milestone one), making it 'a simple install'

I hope the authors keep an eye to portability so the code remains in the realm of Open Source and not yet another 'Linux only' project.

Re: GNU Bayonne 1.2

Anonymous's picture

You're right, the documentation is in very bad shape. I've never been able to figure out if I could use Bayonne with my Avaya PBX and Avaya (Mosaix) Predictive Dialer system.

All I need to do is record phone calls to disk and send tapes off site nightly. Currently I'm using a Magnasync system, which is FAR less than optimal.

Hopefully I will one day have time & staff to research Bayonne in depth; if that happens I will certainly document our experiences. Thanks for contributing your code to GNU, so that it will be available for the future.

--Charlie

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