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LinuxNews.com: Bayonne Bridges Linux Telephony Gap

Sep 06, 2000, 17:42 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Denial isn't just a river in Egypt; but then the Bayonne project spans distances much greater than the Kill Van Kull. Named after the bridge that joins Staten Island, NY, with the city of Bayonne in the developer's home state of New Jersey, the GNU project is a freely available multi-line "voice response" telephony server."

"Bayonne's developer, David Sugar, describes his pet project. "The purpose of Bayonne is to provide a service daemon which can automatically process telephone callers on a GNU operating system (OS) in an extensible manner," Sugar says. "Bayonne uses extension scripting to specify and control call flow, and is suitable for building applications such as "Interactive Voice Response," telephone based system administration and control, and voice messaging such as "voice mail."

"Bayonne represents a logical integration of free software philosophy with Sugar's telephony concepts. The elected ISC [Internet Software Consortium] official and non-corporate member of the embedded Linux Consortium says he has been involved in what he calls "source available" software since mid 1970's. Of his philosophy on software accessibility, Sugar says, "I always felt that the fun of software was being able to get something that one could modify for one's own purpose."

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