November 10, 2002

GNU Bayonne 1.1 released

David Sugar writes: "The first 1.1 release of GNU Bayonne has been made available for immediate distribution through the GNU Project."

This new release is meant to
introduce experimental functionality and services that will become a standard part of GNU Bayonne in the future. We have chosen to highlight in this first post 1.0 beta release a complete application script driven office telephony system that has been developed using GNU Bayonne and the Voicetronix OpenSwitch12 telephony card. This system demonstrates support for common key telephone features such as intercom dialing plans, call coverage, automatic call transfer, and hold/recall. In addition to being freely licensed software, Bayonne telephone systems are implemented in the Bayonne scripting language and can easily be customized, whether to add
additional services and features, or to create small office telephone systems highly tailored to meet specific business needs.

In addition to direct support for local telephone systems, we have
introduced new support for better integrating GNU Bayonne with existing
commercial switching equipment when used as a IVR/voice application
services platform. We have introduced experimental support for switch
integration modules that can implement native PBX call control and call
information protocols. Initially we are providing an experimental SMDI
(Simplified Message Desk Interface), which is a Bellcore specified
standard integration protocol commonly used in commercial switching
equipment today. We will later expand to supporting more advanced native
switch control protocols used in common commercial PBX equipment such as
available from Harris, Avaya, and Panasonic, where published
specifications exist and freely licensed control protocol implementations
can be provided.

Other new features to be found in the 1.1 series is experimental support
for Intel GlobalCall based telephony cards. This will allow for the
creation of very port high density GNU Bayonne solutions, and may be used
to enable SS7 and IP voice services with GlobalCall based telephony cards
in the future. This new release also offers direct integration of
Text-To-Speech synthesis using the freely licensed CMU Flite (Festival
Light) TTS system. Many additional features are planned for future 1.1
releases. We also plan to extend the family of available telephony
application scripts and services that will be distributed with GNU Bayonne
ready for immediate use in the future.

We will concurrently maintain the 1.0 based stable releases of GNU Bayonne
as new features are developed for future 1.1 releases. 1.1 releases
should be considered experimental and are not recommended for production
use at this time. When the 1.1 development tree has proven stable, a new
stable 1.2 release of GNU Bayonne will be introduced for production use
and the 1.0 releases will be depreciated. Both production and
experimental release of GNU Bayonne can be obtained in source code from
directly from It is included in many popular
GNU/Linux distributions, including the Official Debian GNU/Linux system.



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