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Vodia News: Release 5.2.4

Date: 8/27/2014

Over here in the United States, school is starting next week. It is not only an important date for the kids. Many businesses get back from the doze mode during the summer holidays into full operation again. We thought it would be a good time to make another release, so that new installations can benefit from the latest bug fixes and improvements of the Vodia PBX.

The release notes (see http://www.vodia.com/documentation/releasenotes524) don't come with any major surprises. This release is primarily fixing know issues.

  • The web interface was suffering from race conditions when loading the localization texts into the browser. We have redesigned the pages similar to what jQuery is doing and load the translations when the page is ready. This should help having the content right with all modern browsers.
  • There was a bug that crept into the CSTA part of the PBX. This was causing major problems with the desktop integration (see http://vodia.com/desktop), especially the CSTA browser and the TAPI service provider.
  • To our surprise, the tel-URI is actually being used by a few providers. We think that is excellent news. However our PBX had problems with it, so we spent some time fixing it, so that now the scheme can be used on SIP trunks.
  • In 5.2.3 we improved the live playback of music on hold. However that change screwed up the uploading on WAV files. We fixed that in 5.2.4.
  • Email was another problem that we needed to address. The 5.2.3 improvements caused problems with providers that were working before. Those problems should be fixed in 5.2.4 which keeping the benefits of the 5.2.3 email client approach.
  • TLS and SRTP has come a long way. In the old times, we were only suggesting the use of SRTP. This was necessary because the SRTP support from the endpoints was not always 100 % according to the RFCs. That situation has changed over time. So it was time for the PBX to recognize that and now also stick much closer to the RFCs. Now, for snom and Polycom phones, the PBX insists on SRTP when the TLS transport layer is being used. For those who t want it, we have a global settings where this can be turned off.
  • The PBX internally always treated DID numbers and extension numbers similar. However, in the real life they are quite different. In order to make the use of the DID more intuitive for the users, we have added a new page that gives an overview on the DID numbers of the system and makes it easier to manage them.
  • When adding an IPv4 address to the access list it was easy to make a mistake with the netmask. After having a support case where someone accidentally blocked an address with a /0 instead of a /32 netmask, we decided to have JavaScript come to our rescue and calculate the effective IP address of the netmask when entering the address. This should avoid such cases in the future.
  • We have also added a few more models to the automatic provisioning.

I hope you will enjoy this release.

Christian

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