The future of eFa (poll)

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Where should we focus?

eFa is okay, don't make radical changes! (general improvements of existing software, maintain compatibility)
5
29%
eFa could be better with some minor changes (key components change, maintain compatibility)
10
59%
eFa could be better with some major changes (key components change, potential loss of compatibility)
2
12%
eFa is not okay, make radical changes! (replacing with something else, abandon eFa as it exists today)
0
No votes
 
Total votes: 17

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The future of eFa (poll)

Post by shawniverson » 28 Jun 2020 16:55

Hello folks! :D

In my opinion, eFa is okay and can do the job but as you may be aware, it is based on some pretty old (but tried and true) software. I believe it could be better, and I am starting to get to a point where I can focus on it again.

So, my question for everyone is, where should I and others focus our efforts? This will help me in knowing how radical or cautious I should be moving forward.

Here's a poll to act as a sort of spectrum :dance:

Thanks in advance for your feedback :clap:

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Re: The future of eFa (poll)

Post by pdwalker » 29 Jun 2020 19:43

All the rage these days is reskinning a perfectly usable UI for something "sexy".

Please don't do that. Focus on adding whatever changes make using EFA better.

Yes, being able to use the UI on a mobile device is nice, but if I need to manage the system, I'll get to a computer with a web browser, large screen and ssh.

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Re: The future of eFa (poll)

Post by henk » 01 Jul 2020 09:01

Agree 100%.
“We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works.” -Douglas Adams

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Re: The future of eFa (poll)

Post by shawniverson » 05 Jul 2020 17:03

Oh come on where is everybody's sense of adventure! :lol:

So, thanks to everyone for your responses. The message I am receiving is to maintain compatibility, split 50/50 between options 1 and 2 at the moment.

Therefore, the eFa roadmap would be as follows based on feedback:

1) Maintain compatibility
2) Component changes must be backward compatible, either...
a) As an option you can toggle between
b) As a fully compatible alternative
3) Focus on functionality

Things that probably fit the roadmap
Postscreen support
Ongoing software updates
Latest distro support (i.e CentOS 8)
Engine enhancements (MTA level scanning)
RFC compliant enhancements (i.e. OpenARC)
Any other ideas the community has :)

Things that probably don't fit the roadmap
Engine replacement
GUI replacement
MTA replacement
Major distro changes

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Re: The future of eFa (poll)

Post by pdwalker » 06 Jul 2020 12:36

Sounds good. Although you may want to move the Centos 8 compatibility up a bit so you'll have a few more years to work on the other things.

[edit: new -> few. doh!]

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Re: The future of eFa (poll)

Post by bbrendon » 09 Jul 2020 05:40

I'd say the User (not admin) part of the GUI is the biggest issue I have. Too much confusion, doesn't look like a normal website (by todays standards).

For admin, you could remove the GUI and just do everything on the shell for all I care. Just stop the bitching from users.

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Re: The future of eFa (poll)

Post by pdwalker » 09 Jul 2020 07:48

Can you be a bit more specific? What gripes do your users have about the UI? What do they find confusing about it?

Or are they just unhappy with the way it looks because it doesn't use a modern "clean" and "responsive" design?

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Re: The future of eFa (poll)

Post by ajmind » 10 Jul 2020 10:09

The greylisting could be more comfortable to manage, i.e. selecting entries by wildcards.

A live view of the (watch or tail), of the maillog would be nice to have.

I would also prefer remain stable over UI refresh.

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Re: The future of eFa (poll)

Post by pdwalker » 10 Jul 2020 10:22

ajmind wrote:
10 Jul 2020 10:09
A live view of the (watch or tail), of the maillog would be nice to have.
https://stackoverflow.com/questions/407 ... f-filename ?

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Re: The future of eFa (poll)

Post by webguyz » 04 Oct 2020 15:53

Auto update daily. My FreePBX system sends me an email daily of all the various pieces it updated (or no update)

Gives me a sense of comfort getting that daily report like below:

This is an automatic notification from your FreePBX (WebGuyz PBX) server.

System update check completed. See log below:
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
Transaction Summary : No packages marked for update
--------------------------------------------------------------------------

Would like to see that in EFA going forward and FreePBX is based on Centos 8 as well.

Otherwise everything else works great. Gui could be prettier but is very functional and now that I'm used to it, not sure I want another one to have to learn. keep up the great work and Thank You!

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Re: The future of eFa (poll)

Post by pdwalker » 06 Oct 2020 04:40

webguyz wrote:
04 Oct 2020 15:53
Auto update daily. My FreePBX system sends me an email daily of all the various pieces it updated (or no update)
You don't get enough mail already?

I only want mail when there is a problem. If there are daily reports of some kind, please keep it optional.

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