Monday, July 28, 2008

OpenSER Name Change

OpenSER has changed their name to Kamailio.

Name changes are tough. This name change is especially tough and dare I even say, personally frustrating.

Working with Star2Star is tough. We have a revolutionary architecture. We operate very differently from most other providers. Heck, we operate differently than most other companies! Don't get me wrong, this is one of the many things I like about us. That's why we're changing what people think about phone (communications) companies.

One of the main drawbacks of these differences (read: advantages) is working with legacy telco. Whether it's legacy telco people, equipment, process, or organization, I have had many, many frustrating clashes with telecom. Frustrations with technology excite me. Frustrations with people drive me crazy. People can't be fixed as easily.

This name change only exacerbates what I see as an already BIG problem. How am I going to talk to veteran telecom executives about a product who's name I can't even pronounce? Even if I do learn how to pronounce it I'll never get past it's awkwardness.

I am very proud of OpenSER. OpenSER has been crucial in making Star2Star what it is. OpenSER is amazing and I have the utmost respect for everyone involved with the project.

I am ashamed of Kamailio. Same project. Same people. Same awesome, quality software. It just doesn't feel the same. Unfortunately this is my emotional reaction to this name change. I can't help how I feel and I'm sure other people (like Alex) feel the same way.

OpenSER is a phenomenal piece of software that commands respect. It's name should too.

Maybe we'll start a new "support" mailing list. Not for people needing technical support for OpenSER/Kamailio, but support for those of us who have been personally affected by this name change.

Wow, now I'm just being dramatic!

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