|author||Neels Hofmeyr <email@example.com>||2017-12-07 17:00:45 +0100|
|committer||Harald Welte <firstname.lastname@example.org>||2017-12-07 22:32:14 +0000|
common: adjust preface to mention the current state of the Osmocom art
1 files changed, 14 insertions, 7 deletions
diff --git a/common/chapters/preface.adoc b/common/chapters/preface.adoc
index d85e318..fd77d99 100644
@@ -22,12 +22,12 @@ The goal was to learn and to bring Free Software into a domain that
despite its ubiquity had not yet seen and Free / Open Source software
-`bs11-abis` quickly turned into `bsc-hack`, then 'OpenBSC' and into
-what is today known as its 'OsmoNITB' variant: A minimal implementation
+`bs11-abis` quickly turned into `bsc-hack`, then 'OpenBSC' and its
+'OsmoNITB' variant: A minimal implementation
of all the required functionality of an entire GSM network, exposing
A-bis towards the BTS. The project attracted more interested
-developers, and surprisingly quick also commercial interest,
-contribution and adoption. This added support for more BTS models
+developers, and surprisingly quickly also commercial interest,
+contribution and adoption. This allowed adding support for more BTS models.
After having implemented the network-side GSM protocol stack in 2008 and
2009, in 2010 the same group of people set out to create a
@@ -40,10 +40,17 @@ implemented, including TETRA professional mobile radio, DECT cordless
telephony, GMR satellite telephony, some SDR hardware, a SIM card
protocol tracer and many others.
-It has been a most exciting ride during the last seven years. I
-wouldn't want to miss it under any circumstances.
+Increasing commercial interest particularly in the BSS and core network
+components has lead the way to 3G support in Osmocom, as well as the split
+of the minimal 'OsmoNITB' implementation into separate and fully featured
+network components: OsmoBSC, OsmoMSC, OsmoHLR, OsmoMGW and OsmoSTP (among
+others), which allow seamless scaling from a simple "Network In The Box" to a
+distributed installation for serious load.
--- Harald Welte, Osmocom.org and OpenBSC founder, January 2016.
+It has been a most exciting ride during the last eight-odd years. I would not
+have wanted to miss it under any circumstances.
+-- Harald Welte, Osmocom.org and OpenBSC founder, December 2017.