Update from XiVO 13.20

Posted on Mon 21 October 2013 in XiVO IPBX by sduthil

It's been a while since we gave any updates, but we've been quite active.

We are currently writing a REST API to configure XiVO, giving access to asimplified set of the Web interface's controls and replacing thecurrent Web services. A few examples of what can be done with this API includelisting users, lines, extensions, devices, voicemails, creating users, givingthem a SIP line and an extension. The documentation of the API is available online.

The REST API offers one new feature that is not possible via the Web interface:associating multiple users to a single SIP line. The main use case is for multipleusers sharing the same physical phone. They can be called using the same ordifferent extensions.

The next step to improve the rest api would be to associate a device to a user,which can currently only be done via the web interface. unfortunately, thisrequires cleaning and rewriting in python a pretty big bunch of code fromthe php web interface, mainly because of the handling of programmablefunction keys, so we are taking the time to do it right.

This development has three consequences:

  • First, we are cleaning the storage systems for users, lines, devices, etc., which means changing the database schema and removing useless data caches.

  • Second, we are developing a Python interface to configure XiVO, which our REST API uses, and which eventually third-party Python scripts will be able to use, once it is documented.

  • Third, we're pushing all configuration events into a software bus (RabbitMQ), so that XiVO components are aware of configuration changes, and eventually third-party programs may be aware of them as well. Again, this will be available once it is documented.

We are also going towards upgrading XiVO to the next version of Debian namedWheezy. The next step is to backport PostgreSQL from Wheezy, so that thedatabase migration, which is not so simple, is not done at the same time as thewhole system upgrade.

Finally, we moved all our Git repositories to Github. Some time ago, we movedsome of our repositories to Gitorious, which we preferred because it iscompletely based on free software, but we've had a few problems with it.So we decided to switch to Github. You can now fork us at https://github.com/xivo-pbx.