[Freeswitch-users] Hello, and stuff.
gmaruzz at celliax.org
Fri Aug 28 12:58:42 PDT 2009
Welcome on board Tom! And sorry for being witty before ;-)
On Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 9:54 PM, Christensen Tom<paveraware at hotmail.com> wrote:
> I am totally fine without a slick GUI interface. The first 2 years of
> asterisk stuff I did was all in on the CLI in <editor of your choice> (I use
> vim most of the time, but not for religious reasons...).
> Anyway, thanks for the info, I'll be setting up a freeswitch system this
> weekend expect to see me on IRC and here..
> Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2009 11:54:25 -0700
> From: msc at freeswitch.org
> To: freeswitch-users at lists.freeswitch.org
> Subject: Re: [Freeswitch-users] Hello, and stuff.
> Welcome! Sadly, your experience is not unique...
> On Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 11:14 AM, Christensen Tom <paveraware at hotmail.com>
> As a background, I ran an asterisk consulting company for about 3 years that
> I gave up on 2 years ago after repeatedly failing to achieve any sort of
> stability on any sort install over about 30 phones, I gave up.
> The consensus I've seen is that the larger the install, the more likely one
> is to have inexplicable issues.
> Maybe that was wrong, I am open to the possibility that I just didn't know
> enough and I was building things wrong, but I worked inside the asterisk
> code (which I feel is a hopeless mess), I implemented a few small custom
> features, anyway...
> Any software that openly admits that a function is "pure nastiness" but
> doesn't change it from version 1.0, 1.2, 1.4, or 1.6 has questionable
> leadership IMHO. (grep the Asterisk source tree for "nastiness" and you'll
> see it.)
> I'm coming back into the VoIP space now, and I'm wondering what sort of
> issues can I expect in trying to pick up and learn freeswitch? From what
> I've read on the website, it appears to have a much more sane architecture.
> I've used Cisco, Broadsoft, and asterisk in the past. By far the least
> stable and worst general call quality was asterisk. I constantly contended
> with strange call quality issues in asterisk, lots of echo (even with
> hardware echo cancellation cards), lots of jitter, lots of call break up
> (even on small systems with 10-20 users, using QoS on the network, and in
> general doing everything I could to prioritize voice over anything else).
> Again, your experience isn't unique...
> When I used Cisco call manager and broadsoft, the voice quality issues were
> basically non-existant, as long as the network was running QoS echo,
> stutter, calls breaking up, just didn't happen. So, I guess my question is,
> does freeswitch show a marked improvement over asterisk in this department?
> As long as you configure QoS and have hardware echo cancellation does it
> actually work reliably?
> We receive lots of reports that FreeSWITCH is a vast improvement over not
> only Asterisk but proprietary solutions as well. The FS architecture is, as
> you mentioned, not insane. It is well thought out and therefore highly
> flexible, extensible, and scalable. I'm not aware of anything - OSS or
> proprietary - that can match FS in these three areas.
> Thanks for any additional information about freeswitch you can provide as
> well. I am a software developer primarily by trade, but I do lots of
> consulting type work in the SME space and I've had a couple projects thrown
> to me that require some integration with a phone system, and I just can't in
> good conscience recommend asterisk anymore.
> Are you comfortable with the lack of a super slick GUI? :) Some GUIs are in
> development but the power users are quite happy with doing the emacs (or
> vim) shuffle with the XML config files. Furthermore, the ways that FS allows
> you to connect and control are fantastic: mod_xml_curl for dynamic
> configurations, event-socket for external control (think of it like AMI not
> sucking and being turbo-charged), mod_xml_rpc for RPC goodness... Anyway,
> the list is impressive.
> I can honestly say that every week we get new people looking at FreeSWITCH
> and saying, "Wow, this is incredible." I can definitely, in good conscience,
> recommend you investigate FS more deeply. I'm confident you'll be happy with
> the return on your investment.
> Hope it all works out for you! Join us in #freeswitch on irc.freenode.net if
> you want to chat in real-time.
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