OsmocomBB hardware migration to SDR

Craig Comstock craig_comstock at yahoo.com
Fri Jun 24 11:56:21 UTC 2016


FWIW I figure I have about 20 more years in the software field and due to my lack of experience figure it will take a good chunk of that time to learn all this stuff. So I am planning on being stubborn.

Cheers,
Craig

> On Jun 24, 2016, at 6:30 AM, Alexander Chemeris <alexander.chemeris at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
>> On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 11:33 AM, Harald Welte <laforge at gnumonks.org> wrote:
>>> On Thu, Jun 23, 2016 at 06:45:45PM +0600, Вадим Яницкий wrote:
>>> It's no secret for everyone, that today OsmocomBB is not actively maintained
>>> as well as OpenBSC, for example.
>> 
>> This is true, but even OpenBSC and related projects are suffering from a
>> lack of attention.  Despite being one of the founders of sysmocom, I
>> really don't like to see the development and maintenance responsibility
>> within one entity (or, let's say Holger and me privately, and sysmocom
>> asa company).  We need more contributors in all Osmocom projects.
> 
> I think telecom in general has been lacking attention from open-source
> developers. How bad is that when every vendor, even the smallest one
> has its own proprietary SS7 stack.
> 
>>> I think it's mostly due to supported hardware limitations.
>> 
>> Honestly, I'm not sure.  The big difference is that there are commercial
>> users of OpenBSC, OsmoBTS, etc., and they can afford to fund some of the
>> work on those projects.  For OsmocomBB I don't think there's much of a
>> chacne for commercial interest.  You can buy an entire phone for USD 10
>> these days, including a license for the protocol stack / software - so
>> why bother investing in a "new" implementation of GSM.
>> 
>> There are some exceptions like test devices or virtual phones for load
>> generation, but those are also not interesting to most people anymore in
>> 2016.
> 
> I second this.
> 
> The whole reason the work for SDR support for OsmocomBB started back
> then, was because we had some funding available for this. Since then I
> haven't seen anyone commercially interested in supporting OsmocomBB,
> which is quite unfortunate. It's not impossible to get it to a state
> when there will be commercial use for it, but it's so much work (GPRS,
> EDGE, 3G...) that either someone really stubborn should do it for
> free, or someone really philanthropic should fund this. That said, I
> hope that either one of the other will happen and we'll see it
> working.
> 
> -- 
> Regards,
> Alexander Chemeris.
> CEO, Fairwaves, Inc.
> https://fairwaves.co


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