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What's new in GNU Bayonne (February 23, 2002)

Feb 26, 2002, 11:49 (1 Talkback[s])
What's new in GNU Bayonne (February 23, 2002)
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See http://www.gnu.org/software/bayonne for general information.

1. GNU Bayonne for Solaris
2. GNU Bayonne 0.7.5 release
3. GNU Common C++ 2 and beyond
4. New Web Site Proposed
5. Project documentation update
6. GNU Bayonne 1.0 Early Releases

GNU Bayonne for Solaris
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
With recent patches submitted by Radu Greab for both GNU Bayonne proper 
and GNU ccRTP, it is now possible to build and use a GNU Bayonne server
under Solaris.  This port has been tested with the Quicknet card driver
(/dev/phone) that had also been ported to Solaris and the Bayonne phonedev
driver interface plugin.

This port supports X86 Solaris and as far as I know has only been tested 
with the Quicknet linejack card.  It may be useful to see if any of the 
Dialogic Solaris runtime drivers work with GNU Bayonne under Solaris as 
well.

The changes needed for using Solaris are found in the new release of GNU
ccRTP 0.7.3, and in GNU Bayonne 0.7.5.

GNU Bayonne 0.7.5 release
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
We had been busy in several areas the last month, but this seemed to be a 
good time to do a new release of the current GNU Bayonne distribution.  
This new release covers many interesting bug fixes, especially for 
Dialogic ISDN support.  Our goal in the 0.7.5 branch is to increase 
stability and code quality in the current code base rather than expand 
features, and this is part of that effort.

Another reason for the new release is that some of the recent changes in
GNU Common C++ 1.9.x.  Ideally we should have maybe one or two more 0.7.x
release, including one for the new Aculab driver.  We are looking to
continue some development forward on 0.7.x, and bug fixes on 0.6.x
production releases.

GNU Common C++ 2 and Beyond
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Development on GNU Common C++ "2" is moving along.  A complete prototype 
of the release has been tested under GNU/Linux.  There are still problems 
with FreeBSD and a few other targets which keep it from general release. 

The initially distributed release of GNU Common C++ "2" will be commoncpp2 
0.99.1.  I have already built a test release of ccAudio (1.0), ccRTP 
(0.99) and ccScript (2.0) which will become available concurrent with the 
new release.  The Bayonne 1.0 source tree has already been migrated to 
these.

GNU Common C++ "2" can be installed side by side with GNU Common C++, and 
all the updated libraries will be able to be installed side by side with 
the older ones that depend on the older release of GNU Common C++ on the 
same platform.  This will allow one to switch between production releases 
and soon to be released development releases of GNU Bayonne 1.0.

One thing I have chosen to do is directly "version" the library names
themselves based on the major release and a new base include directory.  
This has made it easier to assure the two families of libraries can
co-exist, and is something I have seen others start to do.  I also version
the package name for RPM builds for the new library releases so one will
be able to have RPM's from the old and current releases loaded
concurrently, and this also I have seen others do.  Hence, we will have a 
new set of RPM's, "commoncpp2", "ccaudio1", "ccscript2", and "ccrtp0".

GNU Common C++ "2" can be found in cvs from 
subversions.gnu.org:/cvsroot/commoncpp under module name "commoncpp2".  
The cvs for ccAudio is subversions.gnu.org:/cvsroot/ccaudio (co ccaudio), 
for ccRTP is subversions.gnu.org:/cvsroot/ccrtp (co ccrtp), for ccScript
is subversions.gnu.org:/cvsroot/ccscript (co ccscript), and for Bayonne 
1.0 development is subversions.gnu.org:/cvsroot/bayonne (co BayonneNG).  
With that, by installing GNU Common C++ 2, and ccScript, ccAudio, and 
ccRTP from current cvs, one can develop on the Bayonne 1.0 tree, and do so 
without disrupting current stuff.

New Web Site Proposed
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
To help development and deployment of Bayonne move along faster, we are 
thinking of redoing the web site.  In particular, I would like to see 
nightly cvs based builds added for snapshot downloads, and to organize the 
different release families (0.6, 0.7, and 1.0) into easy to comprehend 
download sets.  I also have thought about adding a page that shows the 
status of each telephony driver, a link for downloading any needed 
drivers, and a link for who's working on it or the primary contact for it.

This and other work will depend on the efforts of different volunteers.  
Jason Spence has indicated he might wish to help with this.  We need at 
least one other person to help with keeping the web site updated.

In about a week or so GNU Common C++ 2 will become available in 
preliminary form.  The initial release will be of GNU Common C++ 2 
pre-1.0, and an official 1.0 release of GNU Common C++ "2" (or 2.0 release 
of GNU Common C++, if one wishes to look at it that way) will be 
distributed a few weeks after that.

The principle "visible" change in GNU Common C++ 2 is that the entire
library has been rewritten to conform to a single set of programming
standards that are described with the new package.  Other changes are more
subtle, and covered in a vast list of bug fixes, portability improvements,
and some new and changed classes, as found in the ChangeLog.  These
changes will mean that ccRTP, ccScript, and ccAudio, will all also be
rewritten over a one week period.  The result will be GNU ccScript 1.0,
GNU ccAudio 1.0, and GNU ccRTP 1.0.  All three should be fully portable
and compile native under both posix and win32 systems.  Another option 
being considered is absorbing ccAudio, ccScript, and ccRTP directly into 
the Common C++ 2 package, as this would make setup and deployment simpler.

One reason for GNU Common C++ "2" rather than just GNU Common C++ 2.0 was
to make it easier to install both versions on the same target system for
both development and runtime.  Furthermore, Bayonne 0.7.x (and any 0.8.x)
will NOT be rewritten for GNU Common C++ 2.  Rather, the 0.9.x/1.0 code 
base will be changed, before it is distributed.  This pushes the initial 
distribution of Bayonne 0.9 to early March.

Project Documentation Update
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Those that have so far volunteered to help with the new manuals and 
project documentation have suggested that the new manual be split between 
a developers guide and an administrators guide.  Rich has offered to write 
a new "INSTALL" file for the current production releases.  A few other 
pieces of documentation might be done by others, but we still need more 
volunteers for this.

GNU Bayonne 1.0 Early Release
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
As soon as GNU Common C++ "2" is ready for release, I am going to release 
the other updated libraries and shortly thereafter a formal test build of 
Bayonne 1.0.  We may have a new facility in Austria which will be used 
primarily to develop CAPI support for Bayonne 1.0 (and any improvements in 
current 0.7 releases) and we will use OSDL for Intel/Dialogic development.