Soon I'll say hello to Hamburg
Some of my friends already know it: I'll be spending some 6 weeks in the city
of Hamburg starting from June 21st. I can't talk about details of the
particular project that I'll be working on, but I'm extremely excited since
it's related to what I've been most passionate about recently: GSM networks and
their security. And no, it's not about any software development and it is
completely unrelated to OpenBSC.
If you happen to be in Hamburg and want to meet at some time to hang out, feel
free to drop me an e-mail.
OpenBSC now has an API for integration with PBX systems
In recent days, we have finally merged a series of patches from Andreas
Eversberg implementing what we call the MNCC [mobile network call
control] API. Using this API, it is possible to glue existing PBX or other
telephony applications to OpenBSC and thus add GSM extensions to your PBX.
So far, only Linux Call Router
(LCR) has been extended to use this MNCC interface. Andreas reports
that he has successfully established both mobile originating and mobile
terminated calls to GSM extensions of his LCR PBX.
It's great to see this kind of contribution, especially in an area which I
personally am not all that interested in... I still want to focus on the
actual GSM side of things and implement more features as well as work on
stability, the vty/telnet configuration interface, GPRS support and the
recently-announced plans for implementing an actual A interface.
Right now, other projects require more time slices, but I'm still spending
quite a bit of work on integrating better SMS support, with actual
store-and-forward of messages in our SQL database.
I'll be talking about GPL violations at LiSoG on July 1st in Munich
At the LiSoG meeting on July 1st, I'll be presenting on GPL violations and their international enforcement.
The LiSoG meetings have been repeatedly pointed out to me as some of the best
Linux meetings out there, with a lot of professionals from the Munich area
being present. I'm happy to be invited to join and present, even if it means
I'll have to escape for a day from my most exciting project in Hamburg.
So if you happen to be in the Munich area and interested in meeting with a
crowd of Linux people and/or interested in hearing about GPL enforcement
efforts, feel free join.. But you have to to register [for free], as per
instructions on the page linked above.
OLPC XO1.5 samples has arrived for VIA driver related work
I've just received one of the few precious XO 1.5 samples, since I'm supposed
to be working with Chris Ball and others at OLPC to help them with getting the
VIA hardware fully supported, e.g. integrating/testing support for the specific
It seems to be booting fine the current xo-1.5 branch of the OLPC git tree,
and the basic operation of all major peripherals is fine. Stuff like power
management and support for DCON are still requiring some work, of course.
Today I'm still busy with generic non-OLPC VIA driver related work, but
tomorrow I can hopefully look into OLPC related issues.