FreePBX 2.5.0 Beta Program Update


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:


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

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