FreePBX 2.5.0 Beta Program Update

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It has been about a week since we released the 2.5.0alpha1
tarball and a lot of activity has been going on. We are seeing good early
participation in the testing which confirms that this is more than stable enough
to call a beta. (Despite the suggestion from some happy testers that we should
just go straight to a release candidate from what they have experienced!)

Our standard practice is to lock down new features when
entering beta so we can move it to a release candidate quickly. This is the
main reason we have not called it a beta yet. At this point we have seen almost
all the new features included in the release meaning we can move to a proper
beta and expand the testing base soon.

There are a couple final changes going in that we would like
to have prior to this move and in addition to that, we’re waiting on some more
bribes to push us into the real beta program. You can help move this forward,
you know how, by pressing the magic button:
















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As a reminder, the 2.5 Milestone has both a summary and
links to review all the feature requests and bugs associated with the current
release (as well as Module submissions, Patches and Recordings), in addition to the CHANGES document that summarizes the changes and is
shipped with the release tarball. You can get the 2.5.0alpha1 tarball and find
upgrade instructions here.

There’s a lot of exciting things going on so don’t hesitate
to try it out. And if you are a trixbox user, apparently they are lagging quite
a bit behind (and sadly have not provided any input to this release, bug fixes
or anything else). However you can still follow the upgrade instructions if you
have a system that you don’t mind doing such testing on and you can see all the
new exciting features and activity going on!

With 307 closed tickets so far (as of this writing), many of
those being bugs from FreePBX 2.4 and prior releases with fixes that are not
being put back into those releases, this is sure to continue the legacy of
improved stability and great features from day 1 straight out the gate of the
release!

Also with the timing of this release, now’s the time to
consider signing up for the next Open Telephony Training Seminar which will be
the first training available from anyone to go in depth on what you can do with
FreePBX 2.5.0 and what has changed! (And which has an Earlybird discount that expires at the end of this month, so don’t procrastinate.)

Philippe – on behalf of the FreePBX Team

FreePBX 2.5.0 Beta Program Launched

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We are excited to officially kick of the FreePBX 2.5.0 Beta
Program with the introduction of the FreePBX 2.5.0alpha1 tarball available for
immediate download
. We expect this is really beta quality and after we see a
number of downloads and no serious issues we will move it to a beta release.

However, as it is still alpha, it also means that we have
not frozen the feature set. That means you may want to hop on this as there is
till time to influence the feature set whether they are features that are still
open under the 2.5 Milestone or other features that may be really important and
you want to try to influence their introduction.

There are a few ways to influence what gets into the
release, as well as accelerate it so we can get it out quicker. One of those is
bribery, in other words:
















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You can also help to implement some of the features or
provide feedback in different ways into the tickets that are open for them.
Keep in mind, if there is not ticket, or the ticket is not marked as the 2.5
Milestone, then it is not on the radar scope and you need to help it get there.

What’s In the Release

The best way to find out is to download the new release and
start to explore it. The Milestone 2.5 link will show you a summary and
detailed list of tickets that have been associated with this release, and you
can also review the CHANGES document that comes with every new release.

A VERY short list of highlights includes:

  • New BLF support on Asterisk 1.4 using custom devastates (think
    daynight buttons, follow-me enable/disable features, DND, etc. with LED status)
  • Caller Screening, a form of Privacy Manager requiring
    callers to announce themselves so you can decide if you want to take the call
    or not
  • Vastly improved Time Conditions with direct linkage of
    Day/Night Feature codes to one or more Time Conditions for override ability
  • VmX™ Locater configuration from the FreePBX GUI in addition
    to the ARI GUI
  • Feature Codes tied to individual recordings, giving you the
    ability to re-record a recording without ever touching the GUI (Change the IVR announcement
    on a snow day, from home)
  • All DIDs, including direct DIDs, viewable and editable from the
    Inbound Routing screen

Some new modules including:

  • Queue Priority Module, allow the ability to give certain
    callers (or call paths) a higher priority in a queue
  • DUNDi Lookup Module, detect extension conflicts across a
    branch office DUNDi cluster and do easy lookups

And lots more! There have been 126 bugs closed under the 2.5 Milestone and 107 Feature Codes/Patch tickets closed, all as of this post. So check it out, give us your feedback, and help
us drive this to a final release quickly!

Open Telephony Training Seminar Update

As was announced in the last news update, the next OTTS has
been moved to October. This will be a great opportunity to get a close up look
at the new features and changes in the FreePBX 2.5.0 release which will be out
by then and be the mainstream release. There is still the EARLYBIRD discount
running saving you $375 off the registration fee so sign up now here.

The summary is:

Where: Digium Headquarters, Huntsville, AL

When: October 7-10th, 2008

For now, we hope you enjoy the new features, capabilities
and bug fixes that we have been working so hard to bring you!

Philippe – On behalf of the FreePBX Team

OTTS Date Change and FreePBX 2.5 Release News

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We are announcing a date change on the upcoming Open Telephone Training Seminar. It was originally scheduled for August but we have had several requests from participants to change the date because of vacation and other summer time conflicts in August. Since the new date works out better for those who have also already registered as well, we are announcing it now:

Where: Digium Headquarters, Huntsville, AL

When: October 7-10th, 2008

For a limited time, until the End of July, we will also provide an early bird discount of 15%, a $375 savings, but register early to get that discount.

FreePBX 2.5 Release News

If you’ve been paying attention to the FreePBX timeline then you will notice that there has been an immense amount of activity, as is often the case as we are heading towards another release. Well stay tuned for more news later this week. We are shooting to get an alpha tarball out before the week is over (although you can always grab svn trunk now). We’ll call it an alpha initially although expect it to role over very quickly to beta once the initial sanity checks have been made from a little more exposure.
You can see a summary on the 2.5 Milestone and from there you can drill down to see what feature codes and bugs are included in the release. Not all the open feature codes or bugs will make it but the fact that they are in that Milestone means we are still considering them for possible inclusion in this release.

So, stay tuned for more release news and a summary of what will be in it coming later this week and if you want to help accelerate or encourage the work that has been going on, as always try the following:
















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Philippe – On behalf of the FreePBX and OTTS Teams