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Finally, FreeSWITCH 1.8.x is available in an easy way for non-debian users (aka CentOS). Today, I have published in OKay's RPM repository RPMs for FreeSWITCH 1.8.2. FreeSWITCH is a complete VoIP switch that works on many platforms, including Centos 6 and Centos 7. This is one of the biggest packages I have ever done; there are more than 1800 hours of work behind to make it work (mainly because of the CentOS 6 support). When updating, you will notice it will download many libraries, most part of them not available anywhere.

The big difference in my RPM's is there are more sub-packages, for example, you can install only freeswitch-cli if you only need fs_cli command; Centos 6 RPMS for 32 and 64 bits are available with video support; I have imported a patch that fixes mod_nibblebill, in some situations leg b won't hang up and it will produce money losses. I have been updating some other dependencies such as VLC, OpenH264 and MPG123 with latest stable if you were using my RPM's you will notice more updates as well. Since the RPM of the 1.6.15 release, I have published the sounds for en-ca-june, the Canadian English language. If you live in Canada and you have done English exams such as CELPIP, you will notice those little differences.

In addition, these RPM's have a patch that allows the console to filter by a regular expression. If you do VoIP debugging, you will understand right away what I am talking about.

Because libyuv is now part of the core, these RPMs are compiled with video support. Yes, you read it well, both Centos 6 and 7 with video support. I also had some problems trying to port back LLVM 5 to CentOS 6 which it is needed to compile v8 (JavaScript Engine). Because of this, CentOS 6 RPM's do not provide JavaScript support (aka mod_v8).

Since this release, my RPM is going to be linked against tcmalloc.

I haven't found a big difference (yet) between 1.6 and 1.8. But to be fair, I have not dug too much. However, FreeSWITCH team has killed support for 1.6 (no more updates), so everyone should start moving to 1.8.

RPM's are available for Centos 6 and 7. And you can find it if you type yum search freeswitch.

As I said, there are more than 2000 working hours so far in order to make this possible.

Enjoy!

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