Meet The 2600hz Project, The New Sound of Open Source Telephony

13 thoughts on “Meet The 2600hz Project, The New Sound of Open Source Telephony”

  1. Thanks for the write-up on 2600hz.

    Just to clarify a few things in relation to Bandwidth.com …

    We’ve been working with Bandwidth.com on how to best give the project some independence, and Bandwidth.com is being as supportive as possible.

  2. Just to set the record straight, there were no disagreements at Bandwidth.com or within the FreePBX project about supporting FreeSwitch with FreePBX v3. In fact, Bandwidth.com is a platinum sponsor of ClueCon (and has been for the past 2 years), which is the FreeSwitch developers conference that is happening Aug 3-5.

    FreePBX still firmly supports Asterisk, as well, and remains the leading GUI for Asterisk-based PBX implementations.

  3. @Ben – it’s very different.
    First of all, OpenVBX doesn’t do SIP.
    Second, OpenVBX requires you to use the Twilio APIs and pay $0.03/minute.

    The blue.box project is COMPLETELY free and you can use it with any service provider, phones, etc. you want.

  4. It would appear that there may have been some mis-interpretation by the editorial staff. The original code for this project started its life as FreePBXv3. The project wanted v3 to be a rewrite from ground up and in order to maximize the creativity, the project led by Darren, was given complete independence. The projects shared a website and forums but that was it.

    Because of its name, FreePBXv3, and its inclusion in the main site, there was more and more confusion between the two projects. The intent was and continues to be to allow both the current FreePBX project and the new rewrite to thrive and let the open source process and communities make their choices and determine the future of both projects. The current FreePBX version 2.X installed base has hundreds of thousands of users and as such, we have always felt it critical to continue innovation on the 2.X front while at the same time making sure that new creativity could flourish with v3.
    It became obvious that the best way to continue, given much of the confusion, was to spin off v3 into a new project thus allowing full independence and removing the confusion. That is now happening and the various websites will be updated accordingly. We think this is the right thing for both projects and will benefit the Asterisk, FreeSWITCH and various VoIP communities tremendously!

  5. @Dean Collins

    Apparently some people (hint: look in the mirror) don’t understand the importance of the original phone phreak movement to today’s modern VoIP movement. It has nothing to do with stealing service and everything to do with learning & freedom of choice and to tinker. The reality is that there is a LOT of respect for the original phreakers on multiple levels. The choice of names does NO harm to this project.

    Also, to say it is a shame that AMP has ended up at blue.box is like saying that McDonalds ended up as Taco Bell. The two are only alike in that they both provide a simplified visual management interface to a potentially very complex telephony back-end.

    It looks to me like you have been either paid to make your post or have a vested interest in FreePBX. Either way, your post comes across as blind fanboiism.

    Have a nice day.

  6. Well said Philippe. Even though at this time there are some similarities we believe that the 2600hz project is taking a very different direction then FreePBX. The GUI is just a small part of the overall picture that we will be unveiling in the coming months. Both projects will bring a lot to the community and we cannot give enough thanks to the support Bandwidth has given the Open Source community over the years.

  7. Om,

    Thanks for bringing attention to this important new OSS VoIP project. I’ve personally watched Darren work very hard on FPBXv3 and now blue.box. He also co-authored the new FreeSWITCH book and conducted the first formal FreeSWITCH training class.

    I am looking forward to seeing blue.box 1.0 very soon.

    -MC

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