[Freeswitch-dev] Why are Windows users so badly served - and what can I do to help?

Niels Thomsen niels.thomsen at fentechnology.co.uk
Thu Sep 27 20:44:15 MSD 2012

Thanks Michael, Peter et al


I'll get in touch with Jeff/Dave/Ken and see what we can arrange.


- Niels


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Adding to this... we really have only two people who are Windows gurus: Jeff Lenk and Dave Kompel. Everyone else is Linux/Unix/Mac oriented. If you're volunteering to help then that's awesome. I agree w/ Peter - start w/ Jeff Lenk since he's pretty much the only person who "does it all" on Windows. I'm sure he would be glad to have someone help. Also, talk to Ken Rice - he's the main point man on doing new builds/releases. If you can make it easy for him to get Windows binaries built up in some sort of automated fashion then that would be extremely helpful. 



On Wed, Sep 26, 2012 at 9:33 AM, Peter Olsson <peter.olsson at visionutveckling.se> wrote:

Jeff Lenk is probably the best guy to talk to about this (jlenk on IRC).

And yes, there are lots of warnings. However, they are from the third party libs, FS itself has a clean build. I've been using the Windows version for a couple of years, and it runs really good, so there is nothing to worry about really. I do agree though that it would be good (especially for new users) if the stable versions are available as compiled binaries. I personally prefer to build from git HEAD.


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To me and my software engineering colleagues, one of the great things about FS is that it is available on Windows.  But I often feel a bit left out... :)

For instance, the download site doesn't appear to have the stable builds (e.g. 1.2.3) available for download pre-built.  Only the unstable head of git built weekly.

Also, the pre-built installer doesn't allow me to select an install directory, and is unaware of modern Windows install hierarchies.  This means you either have to run as administrator or copy the installed files out of there after install.  Eurgh.

I can build it myself of course, and have done so.  But the build has literally hundreds of warnings, so can I trust it?  My day-time job is as a software engineer in a 'no warnings' environment, where code cannot be checked in if it generates warnings, so that's a bit of a culture shock.  I haven't tried building the linux build to see if this is a VS2010 issue.

But rather than moan about it, I'd like to help.  I'd like to sort out the installer, for instance, so it is brought up to date and can install on the latest OSs without kludges.  But I'd also like to see it being used to generate stable Windows pre-builds at the end of it - which would presumably be done by someone looking after the download site?  So where do I start?  Who do I speak to?

- Niels


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