[VoiceOps] Make Kamailio Great Again!

Jared Geiger jared at compuwizz.net
Fri Apr 1 14:42:58 EDT 2016

Well at least we aren't losing support for SIP on April 1st and moving to
H323 trunking ....

On Fri, Apr 1, 2016 at 9:47 AM, Hiers, David <David.Hiers at cdk.com> wrote:

> If you start picking on our Mary Lou, however, I'll make her your personal
> moderator!
> Thanks for the laffs,
> David
> -----Original Message-----
> From: VoiceOps [mailto:voiceops-bounces at voiceops.org] On Behalf Of Alex
> Balashov
> Sent: Friday, April 01, 2016 04:30
> To: voiceops at voiceops.org
> Subject: [VoiceOps] Make Kamailio Great Again!
> For immediate release:
> ATLANTA, GA (1 April 2016)--Alex J. Balashov, a self-styled businessman
> based in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, has a plan to "Make Kamailio Great Again".
> "Evariste Systems is huge. My name is on the building," said Balashov of
> his iconic VoIP consulting brand.
> "And you know what, I have been very successful. Everybody loves me."
> Balashov has capitalised on a contentious election cycle marked by deep
> political polarisation, growing income inequality and geopolitical
> challenges such as global terrorism. And his sharp message of alarm about
> the declining influence of the Kamailio SIP server project has resonated
> with increasing numbers in the CxO suite, vaulting him to the lead in the
> race for the IETF SIP Working Group nomination, according to recent polls
> of primary voters.
> He has been quick to tout his competitive credentials in a tough global
> open-source ecosystem. At a recent colloqium on unified communications, he
> asked:
> "When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let's say, OpenSIPS in Git
> commits? They kill us. I beat OpenSIPS all the time. All the time."
> As Balashov sees it, a major cause of the beleaguered Kamailio project's
> woes lies in its liberal patch acceptance policy and lax scrutiny of
> third-party contributions:
> "When GitHub sends its people, they're not sending their best.
> They're not sending you. They're not sending you. They're sending people
> that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems. They're
> bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I
> assume, are good people."
> He has proposed a controversial solution that has drawn ire from liberal
> ranks in the open-source community, but has also attracted applause and
> standing ovations at his speaking engagements:
> "We have to have a firewall around the Kamailio source code. We have to
> have an access control list. And in that firewall, we're going to have a
> big fat door where commits and pull requests can come into the master
> branch, but they have to come in legally.
> The firewall will go up, and GitHub will start behaving."
> Balashov's firewall proposal has been met with scorn from critics who
> deride it as impractical and quixotic. In particular, commentators have
> raised questions about funding and resources as well as GitHub's
> willingness to entertain a boundary around a project in its vicinity.
> Balashov isn't concerned, however:
> "I will build a great firewall--and nobody builds firewalls better than
> me, believe me--and I'll build them very inexpensively. I will build a
> great, great stateful packet inspection wall on our border with GitHub, and
> I will make GitHub pay for that wall. Mark my words."
> He has also been rebuked by rival IETF leadership candidates for his often
> acerbic Twitter remarks directed at Lennart Poettering and the developers
> of "firewalld". As he sees it, however, the network effects of social media
> are a strength:  "My Twitter has become so powerful that I can actually
> make my enemies tell the truth." He scoffed at the suggestion that his
> characterisations of industry actors behind the RedHat-led "systemd"
> movement are misleading:
> "RedHat was the worst Steward of Linux in the history of the kernel.
> There has never been a Steward so bad as RedHat. The source code blew up
> around us. We lost everything, including all synergies.
> There wasn't one good thing that came out of that administration or them
> being Stewards of Linux."
> Balashov's idiosyncratic campaign is not standing still. He has proven to
> be a capable populist, adapting rapidly to an evolving sense of the kinds
> of pronouncements that activate his swelling crowds of devotees.
> Along the way, he has deftly deflected calls to subject his policy
> proposals to expert review.
> "I know what I'm doing, and I listen to a lot of people, I talk to a lot
> of people, and at the appropriate time I'll tell you who the people are.
> But I speak to a lot of people, but my primary consultant is myself, and I
> have a good instinct for this stuff."
> At a recent gathering of SIP stack interoperability specialists, Balashov
> the latest pillar of his platform to "Make Kamailio Great Again", in view
> of growing security vulnerabilities in the latest Kamailio modules:
> "Alex J. Balashov is calling for a total and complete shutdown of commits
> entering the master branch from the territory of the European Union until
> our project's representatives can figure out what's going on. According to
> Netcraft, among others, there are a lot of buffer overflows in Kamailio by
> large segments of the EU population."
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