April 26, 2001

Bayonne Milestone #6 Released

Author: JT Smith

David Sugar writes "Bayonne
(http://www.bayonne.cx) is the freely licensed multi-line voice
response telephony server of the GNU project (http://www.gnu.org) and a component of
GNU Enterprise (http://www.gnue.org). bayonne has
traditionally provided the ability to easily create scalable
telephony applications and original services that can be directly
integrated with traditional scripting languages and tools commonly
found on free softwaree platforms such as GNU/Linux. Bayonne offers
a wide degree of telephony hardware support and a modular
architecture thru the use of plugins.

In distributing the sixth milestone release of Bayonne, we have
chosen to focus on providing a free software platform for creating
and deploying next generation XML integrated voice applications.
Traditionally such systems have only either been available as limited
proprietary software, or only provided thru external hosting
services. In providing Bayonne with XML support, we intend to
deliver a free software solution that not only can be used for those
hosting telephony services, but which can also be integrated and
deployed entirely within the enterprise if so desired.

This initial release of milestone 6 has the first functional
snapshot of Bayonne XML services. This includes a plugin which
introduces a special XML dialect, BayonneXML. BayonneXML is intended
to become a superset of the existing CallXML dialect and will provide
support for additional features and functionality specific to
Bayonne. Our intent is to support a wide body of XML languages thru
plugins, including those that do fully conform to existing XML
language specs (CallXML, VML, VXML, XTML, etc), rather than providing
a server that can only execute a single dialect. This will allow
Bayonne to provide voice browsing to entirely other kinds of XML data
thru the development of additional plugins.

My decision to provide XML as part of milestone 6, rather than RTP
trunking, was based on the fact that the Common C++ XML parser is
already very stable, while the Common C++ RTP stack has only recently
reached usable functionality. Rapid progress is expected in ccRTP
over the next few weeks, and that will form the core of a new, and
final Bayonne Milestone, before final cleanup and release of Bayonne
1.0. In addition to ccRTP, there is certainly also need for further
development of URL streaming in Common C++. While there is now a
core team of committed developers in place for Bayonne, there are
many additional areas of development where we do need and could use
additional contributors. If you are interested in helping with
Bayonne development, join the mailing list thru
bayonne-devel-request@lists.sourceforge.net or send e-mail to me
directly.

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