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Comment We Just added WebRTC support to FreeSWITCH (Score -1, Offtopic) 172

In anticipation of this transition to hangouts, We have added WebRTC support to FreeSWITCH, our Open Source Telephony and Voice application framework.
We have had support for Jingle for many years allowing communication with google voice and I suspect we will be able to use our new WebRTC functionality to connect Google hangouts to any voice applications you can make using FreeSWITCH http://www.freeswitch.org/

We are featuring WebRTC applications in August at our ClueCon conference http://www.cluecon.com/

Comment Should probably get the whole story first (Score 1) 416

I'd be surprised if they were really completely dropping it. It probably has more to do with rush to market on latest features than some attempt to slam doors on people's feet. XMPP for voice really is not all that great, I've implemented it myself.

We've supported Googleifyed xmpp jingle in FreeSWITCH [http://www.freeeswitch.org] since 2006. Its never really looked like something that would scale since the signaling protocol was over an already high level transport designed for chat. XMPP offers one really good feature, you can reach users directly using a user@domain.com style address and there is no NAT or any other networking or lookup issues to reach that user. The downside is it won't scale due to the fact that xmpp servers are heavily rate limited and not designed at all for tons of messaging at heavy rates. So Google luckily had the best super cluster of xmpp services in town and that allowed them to build on that for the voice stuff but I bet it became clear to them quickly the challenges with trying to exponentially keep up.

I would gather more info and look for the whole story before passing judgement. If they have some goal to use some fancy new audio and video services, there is a chance they can focus on that first and make sure it scales and it should be trivial to gateway that back to xmpp for existing topology.

Coming from a telephony background, I am more concerned with the tunnel vision towards paradigm shift at any cost that threatens people who still use telephones from being disenfranchised by this attempt to reinvent communication too drastically too quickly. Balance is key when it comes to legacy vs new wave in communication technology.



Submission + - Barracuda Networks Connects FLASH To SIP for FREE (freeswitch.org)

anthm writes: "Barracuda Networks Inc. Has donated the new mod_rtmp for FreeSWITCH http://www.freeswitch.org/ an open source telephony platform. Using the module, you can connect a web page to your server and make phone calls that can gateway to and from SIP or other protocols or just call a conference or other voice app on the FreeSWITCH server. The module is licensed under the MPL and is freely available as part of the FreeSWITCH source tree."

Submission + - The 8-bit computer that's been built by hand (pcpro.co.uk)

nk497 writes: "Forget snapping a few components into a motherboard — programming enthusiast Jack Eisenmann has made his own PC from scratch. His Duo Adept, as he's named it, features 64KB of main memory, 256 bytes of RAM and, in total, 263 lines of code for his homemade OS. Sure, it can't run Crysis, but it does run a game he's written himself. Check out the video of the homemade 8-bit computer in action here."

Comment Working with SIP is never easy (Score 3, Interesting) 90

I have been working on the open source softswitch FreeSWITCH http://www.freeswitch.org/ for almost 6 years now.
During that time I have seen SIP continuously evolve to try to cover its own shortcomings which all stemmed from the simple concept of "If we base it on HTTP, we can use proxys and never have to worry about media" Of course this is not true and the amount of complexity that is put into each SIP device is much too great which is probably why Cisco prefers its own lighter "skinny" protocol. Sadly they own Sipura and Linksys and have SIP on their devices using countless hacks that make interop a nightmare. I am sure you can do many of these same attacks on any brand of phone. There are much better reasons out there to curse Cisco for being involved in VoIP. =D

Submission + - ITEXPO – Ooma is all open source FreeSWITCH (hdvoicenews.com)

anthm writes: The popular Ooma VoIP device announces at IT expo that they are based on the open source VoIP platform FreeSWITCH http://www.freeswitch.org/

FreeSWITCH is a scalable open source cross-platform telephony platform designed to route and interconnect popular communication protocols using audio, video, text or any other form of media. It was created in 2006 to fill the void left by proprietary commercial solutions. FreeSWITCH also provides a stable telephony platform on which many telephony applications can be developed using a wide range of free tools.

Comment This Is an Issue for VoIP (Score 1) 253

We work on an open source softswitch called FreeSWITCH http://www.freeswitch.org/
Blocked ports and content filtering can mess up Voice over IP traffic running on your broadband line which can be used as a free alternative to the "Digital Phone" services many providers offer. Some entire countries already do this type of thing like China for instance. There are ways around it using secure packets so the payload cannot be sniffed and other workarounds but it would be a huge pain if we had to do that inside the US.

Submission + - FreeSWITCH 1.0.6 Released Supports Skype Codec (freeswitch.org)

anthm writes: FreeSWITCH, http://www.freeswitch.org/ the only open source telephone switch, has released version 1.0.6 that supports the SILK audio codec from Skype. https://developer.skype.com/silk
Also supported is the newly open sourced broadvoice bv-16 and bv-32 audio codecs among a ton of other features making FreeSWITCH capable
of merging computers and telephone networks.

FreeSWITCH is also capable of connecting calls with the Skype applicaton as well.

Comment Open Source Options (Score 1) 405

We have an Open Source project called FreeSWITCH http://www.freeswitch.org/ that allows you to do this sort of thing with any computer running Windows MAC or most UNIX. It can be paired with traditional phones with a small analog adapter or a hardware telephony card from Sangoma http://www.sangoma.com./ But you could just get a software phone for free as well and play around with it.


Journal Journal: HD-Telephony: HIP or Hype?

Since the advent of the High Definition Television, The HD phenomena has spread far and wide in recent years making the "ordinary" "extraordinary" with the addition of a simple 2 letter prefix. The telecommunications industry is no exception with the strengthening concept of HD-Telephony. Is it all hype or is there an actual benefit to better sounding phone calls? How does this affect the hardware and software designed to keep us connected? As a software developer in this field, I hope to she

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