A Bright Future for FreePBX

Over 4 years ago, FreePBX, then known as AMP, started a course to disrupt the traditional PBX market by changing the game on the existing black box telephone industry. In this short time the Open Source process has been able to surpass what has taken the industry decades to accomplish. With millions of downloads, an installed base counted in the hundreds of thousands, and almost every successful Open Source PBX distribution basing itself off of FreePBX, our project has clearly proven itself as a leader in this telephony revolution!

I am very happy with the great community we have fostered and without whom we could never have come this far. This community has stuck with us and continued to grow stronger despite the challenges our project has seen such as frivolous forks of our work for none of the good reasons that sometimes require such actions.

I have remained focused on driving stability into our project while expanding its ever growing feature set and encouraging the growth of the development community and feel we have been very successful in these endeavors. I always strive to lead this project with the community’s best interest in mind and today’s announcement is precisely for that.

Part of assuring the success of FreePBX is to make sure that we continue to have strong leadership, community participation and a thriving eco-system of users and partners. I would like to announce a new partnership that will help the project tremendously. I have joined forces with Bandwidth.com as their Open Source Community Director, where we will be devoting significant resources and effort to expand the scope of FreePBX while protecting its charter to make sure it remains open and strong.

There are a number of reasons why I chose Bandwidth.com, which I trust you will see play out in the coming weeks, months and years. Bandwidth.com is a high quality VoIP and Data Service Provider interested in assuring the FreePBX project continues its success. They sell VoIP and Data services, not PBX software – they want that to be free. Bandwidth.com has done some exciting pioneering work with FreeSWITCH and we are very excited to see how that work can live along side FreePBX as it has the potential to bring together some very vibrant communities to all of our benefit. We are currently digging through the various Open Source licensing options so that we can release these contributions to the community.

Bandwidth.com has already made an important move to help protect our project several months ago when the FreePBX trademark (which I never owned or controlled) was being shopped around to parties that did not have this project’s best interest in mind. Bandwidth.com preemptively purchased the trademark, with my knowledge, in order to assure FreePBX was not jeopardized.

This is a culmination of months of discussions and it is one I have not taken alone. Several key developers and contributors to the FreePBX project have acted as advisers during this process to make sure I am taking us down the right course. I feel very energized that this is the beginning of something great. As we continue the project’s success we will strive to grow the participation of the eco-system that surrounds FreePBX which includes other Open Source projects and industrial partners who are all key to our continued growth!

Please join me in welcoming Bandwidth.com and keep an eye on what’s to come!


Philippe
– On Behalf of the FreePBX Team!

 

11 thoughts on “A Bright Future for FreePBX

  1. I think this is wonderful news. FreePBX is a really important pioneer of PBX technology in general. I only hope this leads to more progress and advancements in PBX technology.
  2. This looks to be another excellent partnership.

    I am very glad to see that you found another company in the world who is not first and for most driven by the need of the almighty buck. What is even better is that they decided to help this project out and protect it’s interests (that’s the interests of FreePBX, it’s community, it’s developers and leadership). To that end they strove to help protect and promote a very good name that many have worked hard on and for, instead of the selfish things they could have done with it or another company would have done.

    I hope to see more good things coming out of this partnership in the future.

  3. This announcement proves that stability and quality is appreciated and sought after.

    FreePBX is easy to use quality software that have made a huge impact on the Open Source VoIP market. This market is also looking for stability and long term solutions and Bandwidth.com have, by now owning the FreePBX trademark, told the market that FreePBX is that solution.
    This is also proven as more and more vendors use FreePBX as THE program to setup, configure and maintain their PBX distribution.

    I wish Philippe good luck with his new job and look forward to work with him in the future.

    Mikael Carlsson
    Sweden

  4. Freepbx has grown and flourished as a result of the interests and needs of the community, so I look forward to seeing what needs and interests bandwidth.com brings to Freepbx. They have already made a significant contribution to preserving the freedom and openness of Freepbx, and that really starts things off on the right foot.
  5. I wonder if Freeswitch will be supported by freepbx because of this? The wording is a little vague imho. This is great news. I’d have to say congrats to all for a wonderfully piece of software. I started out using Amp. I’ve had the luxury of having my foot in both worlds – phone and networking. Freepbx is definitely the gold standard
  6. I think this can only lead to more good things with this exciting product. I was so happy to find it 2 yrs ago and have been very happy since. Looking forward to more great things to come about.

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