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Re: a SIP or XMPP service for debian.org



Daniel Pocock <daniel@pocock.com.au> writes:

> On 22/12/13 10:52, Martin Zobel-Helas wrote:
>> Hi, 
>> 
>> On Sun Dec 22, 2013 at 10:44:08 +0100, Daniel Pocock wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>> I've started a wiki on this topic, it provides a detailed plan from
>>> start to finish:
>>>
>>> https://wiki.debian.org/UnifiedCommunications/DebianDevelopers
>>>
>>> As one of the leading free software projects and given Debian's
>>> particularly outspoken attitude that we do not rely on third party
>>> "free" services there are compelling reasons to try and finally
>>> implement this entirely using our own packages and infrastructure.
>>>
>>> * do people generally agree with it?
>>>
>>> * would the DSA team be willing to provide and support the underlying
>>> infrastructure for this or have it on any existing servers?
>> 
>> 
>> zobel@kvasir ~ % ldapsearch -LLL -x -H ldap://db.debian.org -b ou=hosts,dc=debian,dc=org '(host=cilea)' purpose
>> dn: host=cilea,ou=hosts,dc=debian,dc=org
>> purpose: voip.debian.{net,org}
>> 
>> zobel@kvasir ~ % 
>> 
>> 
>> For more details, please contact Phil Hands.
>
> I've had some ongoing discussions with Phil but ultimately, like SMTP
> for debian.org, these things would need to be formally accepted by DSA
> at some point.

I think I've become something of a blocker on this I'm afraid, as I
decided to settle on Freeswitch, which is a fine bit of software in many
ways, but is also pretty close to unpackagable for Debian because of
their tendency to shovel any library they notice into their code tree.

That being the case, I've repeatedly beaten my head against the brick
wall of Freeswitch packaging, rather than getting something deployed
that people can use -- sorry about that -- it seemed like a good idea at
the time.

That being the case, taking a different tack, and deploying a more
federated setup, as Daniel suggests, seems very worthwhile, and means
that the users would be isolated from whatever PBX we end up using,
which would make it easier to chop and change between Asterix,
Freeswitch, or whatever for bridging via SIP providers to the POTS.

One thing that I think we should aim for is the ability to offer
sub-accounts, so that our users can offer their friends and relatives
VoIP accounts, so that DDs (etc.) get to do video conferencing with
their relatives using Free Software, rather than being forced to use
facetime/skype or nothing.

Cheers, Phil.
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