Remember the good ol’ days when you could build (or buy) a blue box to make free long-distance phone calls? The blue box generates the 2600 Hz tone which instructs the old phone switches to allow a LD call. It’s funny, be it Karma or whatever you call it, now the phone companies get to stick it to us with convoluted billing statements, overpriced SMS plans, and ridiculous tethering allowances.
But I digress. The 2600hz Project and what it aims to do:
2600hz is home to a collection of open-source telephony software that enables the use of the FreeSWITCH, Asterisk and YATE switching libraries. Initially built around the blue.box project, we aim to provide a collection of software to power your GUI, your cloud-based telephony switch and/or your monitoring and maintenance tool set.
The project was started by some core developers behind FreePBX. According to Om, the venture received $250,000 in funding already.
It’s always good to know that open source telephony continues to receive the attention it deserves.