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Media Contact: Free Software Foundation
David Sugar <sugar@gnu.org>

GNU Bayonne 1.0 Released; GNU Telephony Server gives software freedom to businesses, large enterprises and commercial telephone carriers

Bayonne, NJ, USA - Tuesday, September 3, 2002 - After two years of active development, the GNU project has released GNU Bayonne, Version 1.0. GNU Bayonne, licensed freely under the GNU General Public License (GPL), allows small businesses, large enterprises, and commercial telephone carriers to create, deploy, and manage their own web-integrated telephony voice response solutions. By making use of existing computer telephony commercially available for GNU/Linux, Bayonne can support all capacities -- from a single analog phone circuit to multiple PRI spans.

As part of GNU Enterprise (GNUe), Bayonne 1.0 joins the ranks of a host of enterprise-level software for the popular GNU/Linux operating system. "In this 1.0 release, we have established a Free Software platform for the delivery of quality telephony services everywhere", said David Sugar, GNU Bayonne project leader. "We are committed to establishing Free Software as the primary means to advance telecommunications services as part of enterprise software infrastructure that respects software freedom, and supports both current and next generation telephone networks".

GNU Bayonne is a free software project and has been developed by volunteers around the world. These volunteers cooperate with other Free Software development groups, including those working on Carrier Grade extensions for the kernel named Linux. Meanwhile, a number of organizations and individuals have contributed resources and time to create GNU Bayonne 1.0. The Free Software Foundation and the GNU project have provided technical, infrastructure, and organizational support for GNU Bayonne development. The Open Source Telecom Corporation has provided commercial sponsorship of GNU Bayonne development.

GNU Bayonne can be obtained in source code form directly from ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/bayonne/. It include in many popular GNU/Linux and FreeBSD distributions, including the Official Debian GNU/Linux system.

About Free Software Foundation:

The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting computer users' right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. FSF promotes the development and use of free (as in freedom) software--particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants--and free documentation for free software. FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of freedom in the use of software. Their web site, located at http://www.gnu.org, is an important source of information about GNU/Linux. They are headquartered in Boston, MA, USA.

About GNU Enterprise:

GNUe aims to provide a suite of tools and applications for solving the specific needs of the enterprise. GNUe will handle the needs of any size business, including applications for human resources, accounting, customer relationship management, project management, supply chain and e-commerce. GNUe is a free software project developed by volunteer software developers worldwide. The website of GNU Enterprise is http://www.gnu.org/projects/gnue/.

About OST:

OST is a privately held provider of telecommunications hardware, software, and services. OST strives to develop truly open telecommunications systems and technologies. OST's goal is to generate value, opportunity, and peace of mind for its customers and investors.

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