Dear Osmocom community,
I would like to point out that at sysmocom, we're currently (again)
hiring . If you happen to have an interest in open source cellular
communications and are fluent in C language development, we would
love to hear from you.
sysmocom probably doesn't need any introduction here, but just in case:
The company was founded by Holger Freyther and Harald Welte, two of the
leading OpenBSC and Osmocom developers from the very early days of the
project. Today we are responsible for by far the largest number of commits
to the Osmocom GSM/3G infrastructure related git repositories.
Among our current priorities are automatic testing for the GPRS PCU,
generalization of the OsmoMGW media gateway, support for load-based hand-over,
inter-BSC hand-over as well as various improvements on the lower layers
of the GPRS protocol stack.
We're very dedicated to the cause in furthering the capabilities of
open source cellular infrastructure from 2G to 4G. We believe in
working upstream, no open core or dual licensing.
If you have an interest working with an enthusiastic, strong technical
and dedicated team of Osmocom hackers, please don't hesitate to let me know,
best by e-mail to jobs(a)sysmocom.de
p.s.: I hope this kind of message is not disturbing to anyone. I think
it is important to the Osmocom project to have more paid people working
on the stack, so it is justified. The positions we are seeking to fill
will work [almost exclusively] on Osmocom, so it's not a random job ad
but in the very interest of Osmocom, and hence on-topic for this list.
- Harald Welte <hwelte(a)sysmocom.de> http://www.sysmocom.de/
* sysmocom - systems for mobile communications GmbH
* Alt-Moabit 93
* 10559 Berlin, Germany
* Sitz / Registered office: Berlin, HRB 134158 B
* Geschaeftsfuehrer / Managing Director: Harald Welte
could you help me to start using SIMtrace board?
I have bought SIMtrace board v1.4 from symocom shop.
I have got sources from github but cannot (it is strange) built user manual
on my ubuntu computer.
I am successfully built simtrace application but it cannot recognize the
>simtrace - GSM SIM and smartcard tracing
>(C) 2010 by Harald Welte <laforge(a)gnumonks.org>
>can't open USB device
that message I have received on my screen...
Could you advise something?
[cross-post to many lists, please follow-up-to openbsc(a)lists.osmocom.org]
time is flying, and I would like to start early with discussions and planning
about OsmoCon and OsmoDevCon in 2018. It helps to start early.
Side note: We have some pending issues about the events from last year at
http://osmocom.org/projects/osmo-dev-con/issues - I've incorporated them
in the text below.
== OsmoDevCon ==
For OsmoDevCon, I think it's easy: We keep it as-is. Same procedure as
every year, which means:
* same venue, same catering options
* same concept of 'anyone contributing to Osmocom can apply for
registration until all seats are taken'
* same idea of inviting some few speaker[s] doing other FOSS mobile
communications work to join us
The parts that we need to change, IMHO:
* don't reduce from 4 to 3 days like last year. Have full 4 days again
* sort topics per day / half-day, i.e. have "GSM/UMTS Cellular
Infrastructure" days for BTS/BSC/NITB/MSC/HLR/SGSN/GGSN & Co,
but then have other days for other projects. This would enable people
not interested in the [continued evolvement] of the cellular projects
be able to skip those days, or to simply meet in an adjacent room for
parallel hacking sessions/discussions
* try to be a bit more structured with the schedule in general. The
existing approach works for people who attend all the event all day
long, but not so well for people with other plans / limited time
Any further change requests or topics to discuss?
Please note that Pablo Neira has offered to kindly host an OsmoDevCon in
Seville (Spain). I've attended a number of netfilter workshops he
organized there, and he's doing a great job! However, given the large
number of attendees from Berlin (and Germany in general), I think this
would make things more complicated, and more expensive for most
attendees. If you disagree with that assessment: I'm open for having
the discussion, I just thought it's more practical/economic to do it in
=== 10 year Anniversary Party ===
Given that 2018 marks the 10 year anniversary of Dieter and me hacking
with the Siemens BS-11 in 2008, I think the 2018 incarnation deserves
some special celebration of some form. I have no concrete idea yet, but
for sure we should so something, and it should be at/around
OsmoDevCon. And for sure we should have a BS-11 around :)
== OsmoCon ==
The public OsmoCon was welcomed and was a success. However,
let's start this discussion with a review of last years event.
=== Registration ===
* Registrations came in way too late. Two weeks ahead of the event, we were
considering to cancel it. And then within the last few days, we had
to turn people down due to limited seating capacity
* To make planning more reliable, we see on other option but to
significantly raise the registration fee combined with an equally
significant discount for early booking
=== Duration ===
* Many people requested multiple days rather than just one, in order to
make more out of (long distance) travels. This is obvious, but as we
had no idea how many people would attend at all (or if we have to
cancel due to lack of attendance), planning multiple days in the first
incarnation would have been high risk and a multitude of work
* I would suggest to expand to two or even three days this week,
possibly one days with tutorials and the other day with tech talks
* Slightly less crammed schedule due to multiple days
=== Venue ===
We recognize this yearso venue was not the best option, due to
* Bad ventilation in the basemenet
* Difficult to find
* No space next to the conference room where people can meet / hang out
in parallel to talks (not everyone attends every talk)
I still like the "understatement" of the venue. I'd prefer any hostel /
non-profit / hackerspace / university over luxurious hotels any time.
Going to an expensive venue means more or less automatically more
expensive ticket fees, which again is more likely to exclude pure
community members without a commercial activity related to Osmocom.
So any future venue would ideally:
* be able to hold slightly more people than this year
* have a second room or large lobby in which people can meet for
extended coffee breaks in parallel to some talks, as needed
* be slightly easier to find (and we have to put up some signs outside
and in the lobby)
* have better WiFi and/or wired connectivity
=== Programme / Format ===
* less crammed over multiple days
* some more "interactive" formats were requested, for users to provide
feedback to developers
* there was some discussion about topics / speakers in redmine last
year, but not too much participation [until it was too late].
* I'd suggest a more formal CfP process with a submission deadline that
allows us to publish a preliminary schedule long ahead of the event
=== Video Recordings ===
I think they were a big success, and it was a very big surprise that the
CCC Video Operations Center was volunteering to help such a small and
niche-interest event like OsmoCon. We should make sure that we can
repeat this for 2018.
== Dates / Frequency ==
Having OsmoCon and OsmoDevCon back to back becomes somewhat long, if
OsmoCon is 2-3 days and OsmoDevCon is 4 days. Basically we're looking at
a full week for those of you who would like to attend both events. But
then, I think the number of people attending both events is actually not
all that big. Without checking the details, I think not more than half
of the OsmoDevCon attendees were attending OsmoCon. I would expect that
tendency to remain or even increase.
I still think it's good to keep them back-to-back.
In terms of frequency, I would actually suggest we move to a 6-month
cycle rather than a 12-month cycle. There's a lot of development going
on at all time. I understand that not everyone is able to attend two
events just on Osmocom, especially if it's a spare time / hobby type
activity. That's ok, I think there's no problem with attending either
of the two only, and catching up by video recordings and/or mail on the
The qeustion is: Should that second event be developer-oriented or
user-oriented? Or again both? Any comments here?
Ok, that was a somewhat lengthy e-mail. Please make sure to provide any
feedback you may have as early as possible, to increase the chances of
your feedback being reflected in the planning.
- Harald Welte <laforge(a)gnumonks.org> http://laforge.gnumonks.org/
"Privacy in residential applications is a desirable marketing option."
(ETSI EN 300 175-7 Ch. A6)
Just found this project which seems to be quite interesting to me. Tried
to read through all the information on the project page before asking,
but not everything is clear yet :)
So what I would like to achieve is basically the man-in-the-middle
(mitm) mode. I do not actually need to modify any communication on its
way, all I would like to do is to have:
a) the sim card in a reader connected to host (A), while
b) the gsm module is connected to an other host (B)
and relaying their communication back and forth through some IP network.
I guess I would need two pieces of simtrace hardware for that, as well
as firmware and software modifications.
Now the questions :)
- Do you think this could work with the current hw/fw design?
- Has anyone done something similar in the past?
- What would be the maximum network delay allowed?
- Do you know of any alternative solutions for my needs?
Would be great to hear from you.
ps: I would also be willing to pay for professional consultancy services
on this topic.