Asterisk Developers Launch Version 1.2 of FreeSWITCH Cross-Platform Communication Service
August 10, 2012
FreeSWITCH, a cross-platform telephony service, was recently updated to its newest version, FreeSWITCH 1.2.
The arrival of communication platforms such as Skype and Google Talk – as well as other PBX (News - Alert) systems like SIP (session internet protocol), Call Weaver and Asterisk – excited tons of communities, but all telephony service providers saw was a heavy workload ahead of them. Interconnecting these tools in a stable fashion is just as important as the presence of any one of them, and no one knows this better than the developers of FreeSWITCH.
Created by Anthony Minessale, in collaboration with Brian West and Michael Jerris, FreeSWITCH 1.2 builds on the project’s original purpose to unify a number of different communication platforms, allowing them to interoperate in a user-friendly manner. All three programmers previously helped develop the popular Asterisk (News - Alert) open source PBX.
The new system supports several advanced SIP features, and can be used as a transparent proxy independent of media requiring the translation services of a session border controller. It’s also compatible with both wide and narrow codecs, keeping it resilient to certain and potential changes to our communication devices in the future.
FreeSWITCH works with Windows, Max OS X, Linus, BSD and Solaris on both 32- and 64-bit platforms, and supports FAX over audio and proxy T.38.
“FreeSWITCH 1.2 is the culmination of several years and tens of thousands of man hours of intense programming, debugging, and testing,” wrote Jerris. “Many in the community assisted by frequently downloading and running the last git version, sometimes in production environments. The latest FreeSWITCH version is also included in the CudaTel PBX.”
Ken Rice, an associate of FreeSWITCH, recently spoke at ClueCon in a presentation called “How Stable is ‘Stable’?” to discuss the challenges of keeping the new version 1.2 functioning now and into the future.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman