FreePBX 2.8 out the Door and 2.9 Coming Strong

We are excited to have the 2.8 release finalized and released for general availability. We moved to final release status at the beginning of this past week finishing the [url=/v2/milestone/2.8]2.8 Milestone[/url] with [url=/v2/query?status=closed&group=component&milestone=2.8&order=priority]332 closed tickets[/url] comprising of 231 bugs and 101 feature requests and similar. As always, a majority of the bug fixes are bugs from version 2.7 and earlier which are usually only addressed in the new release.

The efforts of 2.8 have been going strong since the beginning of March and we extended the beta testing period to assure a solid release since there were several changes in critical sections of the dialplan. There are way too many changes to recap all the added benefits throughout the release, some visible, some hidden. Some of the big areas that had substantial improvements include [url=/news/2010-03-20/sneak-preview-of-2-8]Outbound Routes[/url] (and some visual changes to outbound trunks), the new [url=/news/2010-05-09/preview-the-all-new-directory]Company Directory[/url], some [url=/news/2010-05-30/high-availability-backup-and-restore]HA related enhancements to the Backup and Restore module[/url], some significant scalability improvements to Queues, [url=/news/2010-03-20/sneak-preview-of-2-8]visual improvements to tool tips and “destination select boxes”[/url] thoughout and a host of other enhancements and new features across the system.

Join the 3900 systems who have moved to 2.8 so far and spend some time digging around to see what new features may be valuable to your system!

While we relish in a job well done on 2.8, the steam is already building up on work for 2.9! I mentioned plans around the Endpoint Manager and DAHDi configuration modules in [url=/news/2010-07-06/plans-for-the-next-milestone-2-9]last week’s blog[/url] and progress on that front continues to be strong! The definition of other features for 2.9 is still very much in the planning state as you will notice if you visit the [url=/v2/milestone/2.9]2.9 Milestone[/url]. We’ve had some suggestions in the forums and in tickets concerning other important areas people would like us to work on but more input is very welcome. If you already have feature requests in the ticket system, feel free to bump them onto the the radar scope. We will be looking though existing requests but they can be easy to miss when there are almost 500 tickets to sift through!

For now, have a great weekend and then we look forward to your help in defining the next great release!

[b]Philippe[/b] – On Behalf of the FreeBPX Team

Plans for the Next Milestone (2.9)

I’m hoping that all of you in the States had a good July 4th Weekend, or for our Northern neighbors, a great Canada Days celebration! The current 2.8 release is looking great with over 2700 systems running the new version and very little noise on the bug tracker front. With those stats, we will be moving it from a release candidate to a final release this week so stay tuned!

With 2.8 winding down we will start gearing up our focus even more on the next milestone for version 2.9. We are really excited about some of the things that we have in store for this next version but as always will be looking towards to community for other ideas and contributions to keep things rolling.

There are a couple modules that we are hoping to make part of this next milestone and they are currently available to play with in the contributed_modules SVN repository.

The first is an End Point manager to be officially part of the FreePBX application. There were some efforts over a year ago by some active community members to get this effort going which did gain some initial momentum for a while. In the last 6 months a very dedicated developer, Andrew (tm1000) picked up the project and started the long task of cleaning it up and moving it forward. He has since moved this module into our repository and started working with the team to integrate it closely in FreePBX. We are all very excited on the prospects this has and look forward to working with tm1000 to get this module fully integrated.

Next is the DAHDi configuration module that was developed by Digium and recently included in their AsteriskNOW 1.7 ISO of FreePBX. This module allows FreePBX to detect and configure DAHDi cards on your system for use within FreePBX. I’ve added this module to the contributed_modules SVN repository and added several enhancements to integrate into the DAHDi Trunk and Extension configuration pages, such that the configuration provided by the modules are offered up in select boxes to these pages vs. the vanilla text boxes that are necessary when no DAHDi configuration module is present. We are excited to be bringing this module into the FreePBX application as well!

Currently there are [url=/v2/query?status=new&status=assigned&status=reopened&group=type&milestone=Cut+Line&order=priority]468 Active Feature Requests and Other Tickets[/url] which we will be sifting through as well to start filling out the target feature set for this next release. That’s a lot of tickets to sift through and it’s easy to miss ones so as always, feedback from you will help in considering what we try to get in to the release. So speak up and let us know!

For now, go try out version 2.8 if you haven’t already and we’ll be back soon with more information and updates!

[b]Philippe[/b] – On behalf of the FreePBX team!