March 08, 2012

The "Asterisk" Story

Editor's Note:  Its been awhile but we are back.  Big changes coming soon.  Had to take leave but that is now in the past.  I wanted to start off with posting this Origin story about Asterisk is you haven't committed their story to memory.

Origin stories are all the rage these days, and while perhaps the origin of Asterisk isn’t as exciting as the genesis of Wolverine, it’s still a pretty interesting tale.

Way back in 1999, Mark Spencer had just started Linux Support Services (LSS), an innovative small business that offered support for the Linux operating system.  This was the height of the “Dot Com” era, and many start-up businesses were taking advantage of the open source operating system.  LSS took off, and as it grew, Mark found that he needed a phone system.


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October 06, 2010

New Fedora Linux Project Leader Comes From Asterisk Roots

The Red Hat sponsored Fedora Linux community is an open source development effort that includes a diverse set of participants. At the top of the organizational chart for Fedora is the position of Fedora Project Leader, the person tasked with overseeing the general direction and operations of the Fedora project.

In July, Jared Smith took up the position of Fedora Project Leader, replacing the outgoing Paul Frields. Among Smith's first jobs is to guide the development and release of the upcoming Fedora 14 Linux distribution, set for general availability in November. Building the Fedora Linux distribution is one of Smith's key responsibilities as Fedora Project Leader, but it involves more than just pure code.

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February 24, 2010

Digium's 7th Annual Astricon Asterisk Conference Oct 26-28, 2010

Digium, the Asterisk Company, has kicked off planning for the seventh annual AstriCon Open Source Telephony Conference and Exhibition. The event will be held just outside Washington, D.C. on October 26-28, 2010, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.
 
Digium is the corporate sponsor and owner of the Asterisk project, the most widely used open source platform for creating custom communication solutions. Speaker topic submissions are open, and the conference organizers are soliciting talk concepts for 2010. Digium invites those who would like to speak at AstriCon to submit information for consideration by May 1, 2010, at http://bit.ly/speak-astricon2010.

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January 27, 2010

Digium launches 'app store' for the Asterisk PBX

Ever since Apple adapted their wildly successfull iTunes music store to sell apps for the iPhone, technology vendors everywhere have been trying to find opportunities to replicate the innovation. Now Digium is launching AsteriskExchange--while not quite a true app store--it's a marketplace and reviews site for Asterisk's open source community.

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August 19, 2009

Asterisk Project Changes Music-On-Hold Provider

http://blogs.digium.com/2009/08/18/asterisk-music-on-hold-changes/

The Asterisk project has changed providers for Music-On-Hold (MOH) content distributed with/for Asterisk. In addition to the change for future Asterisk releases, we have also opted to rebuild historical releases with the new MOH content, in an effort to eliminate unnecessary distribution of the old MOH content.

This means that all Asterisk releases available on downloads.asterisk.org have been rebuilt to include the new Opsound MOH files, and the release branches and tags in the svn.digium.com Subversion repository have also been changed so that any checkouts from those tags/branches will include (or install) the new MOH files as well.

Finally, the AsteriskNOW RPMs available on packages.asterisk.org have been rebuilt using the Opsound MOH files.

We have tried to make the changes in a relatively convenient and painless way, but if you encounter any issues with these changes please don't hesitate to post on the asterisk-users mailing list or create an issue on issues.asterisk.org.

Thanks for using Asterisk!

August 04, 2009

Polycom Named Platinum Sponsor of AstriCon 2009 Conference

Digium, Inc., the Asterisk Company, today announced that Polycom has signed on to be a platinum sponsor of the upcoming AstriCon Open Source Telephony Conference and Exhibition. The Digium-sponsored event, now in its sixth year, attracts hundreds of software developers, integrators, resellers, enterprise Asterisk users and Digium partners working with phone systems, unified communications and Voice over IP (VoIP).

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June 08, 2009

Digium and AMTELCO Announce Interoperability Partnership for E&M Interfacing Asterisk to Wireless Applications

Digium, Inc., the Asterisk Company, and AMTELCO, an innovator in call center communications systems and externally defined switching (XDS) boards, today announced an interoperability partnership that gives Asterisk developers new choices for E&M line and wireless interface solutions. Digium has certified the AMTELCO XDS 8-port E&M board for use with Asterisk telephony software.

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May 19, 2009

Digium Launches Switchvox Developer Central

Digium, the Asterisk Company, today unveiled Switchvox Developer Central, an online community for developers who are integrating voice and web applications using the Switchvox unified communications solution. Switchvox is Digium’s family of voice over IP (VoIP) phone systems for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs). Switchvox systems, which are based on the open source Asterisk telephony platform, are cost-effective, easy to use and full of features that are typically found only in expensive PBXs.

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May 15, 2009

Asterisk open source PBX project servers have new names & URLs

In order to more closely align the services that Digium provides to the Asterisk open source community with the Asterisk project itself, we've recently renamed many of the servers that provide these services.

Effective immediately:

1) http://bugs.digium.com has moved to https://issues.asterisk.org

 There are no content or functional changes (except for the new site being SSL/TLS enabled), only a renaming of the site. The old URLs will continue to operate indefinitely, automatically redirecting the user to the new site.

2) http://reviewboard.digium.com has moved to https://reviewboard.asterisk.org

 There are no content or functional changes (except for the new site being SSL/TLS enabled), only a renaming of the site. The old URLs will continue to operate indefinitely, automatically redirecting the user to
the new site.

3) http://svn.digium.com has moved to http://svn.asterisk.org

 There are no content or functional changes, and the old URLs will continue to operate indefinitely, *without* redirects, as Subversion does not handle redirects in a transparent fashion and we don't want to break users' existing checkouts.

4) http://downloads.digium.com has partially moved to http://downloads.asterisk.org

 The open source Asterisk project content has moved to the new site, which contains *only* open source content. The Digium commercial products present on downloads.digium.com will continue to be hosted
there. URLs to open source content that used to be present on downloads.digium.com will automatically redirect to downloads.asterisk.org.

Hopefully these changes have been made in as transparent a fashion as possible, and you won't experience any problems. If you do, please don't hesitate to post on the asterisk-users mailing list and we'll try to get the problem addressed as quickly as possible.

Thanks for using Asterisk!

April 20, 2009

Digium starts planning for the official Asterisk PBX Conference - AstriCon 2009

Editor's Note:  It's that time again.  Time to get ready for Astricon 2009, the largest official Asterisk Conference for this wonderful open-source PBX. 

Digium®, Inc., the Asterisk® Company, today released details about the sixth annual AstriCon Open Source Telephony Conference and Exhibition. The event brings together open source and telephony developers, systems integrators, entrepreneurs and Digium partners to discuss Asterisk, the most widely used open source telephony platform for creating custom communication solutions. Digium invites those who would like to speak at AstriCon to submit information for consideration by June 1, 2009, at www.astricon.net.

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April 07, 2009

Faxing for Asterisk brings enterprise grade functionality to Open Source PBX

Digium, the Asterisk Company, today announced Fax For Asterisk, a complete, cost-effective platform for the development of fax solutions. The offering provides Asterisk users and integrators a suite of user-friendly applications and a licensed version of the industry-leading fax modem software from Commetrex. To meet the demanding requirements of business users, Fax For Asterisk provides reliable faxing across the Internet and public switched telephone network (PSTN).

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April 03, 2009

Digium offers paid support subscriptions for Asterisk PBX

Editor's Note:  This is big news and I am suspecting that they saw there efforts to try and force people into their closed-source Switchvox iPBX was actually losing revenue instead of embracing their open-source golden-child and providing support.  Don't get me wrong, Switchvox is a nice product and it does added value but going the licensing route and closed-source is what all the other companies (Cisco, Avaya, Shoretel, etc....) do and THAT is one of the most compelling reasons to go open source.  Just because customers are FAMILIAR with getting a license for their phone system DOESN'T MEAN THEY WANT ONE.   It might be a hard lesson for Digium to learn but they will get it, peolple don't not want to be locked. 
 
Digium announced at VoiceCon Orlando that it will support subscriptions for businesses using Asterisk, the open source IP PBX. The company, which formerly supported only commercial versions of Asterisk that it sold as packages, now offers four levels of service ranging in price from US$595 for a year to $7,995 for a year. A three-year commitment comes with a 10% discount.

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March 27, 2009

Why Skype for Asterisk is more important than Skype for SIP

Back in September of 2008 and now today, Skype has announced initiatives to open the Skype network to SIP users. These two solutions; Skype for Asterisk and Skype for SIP are very different and offer significantly different capabilities. Just to recap the details.
 
Skype for Asterisk, which is still in closed beta, is a true Asterisk channel driver. This allows Asterisk based solutions to make, receive and transfer Skype calls. A significant capability of the SFA solution is its support for terminating a call to a Skype user name, for example a PC based user of the Skype client.

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March 16, 2009

Open Source PBX is 18% of North America Market

Sales of traditional PBXs and key systems have moderated in recent years. Experts attribute this to a variety of factors. Companies, they report, are just keeping their phone systems longer. The wave of Y2K replacements that flooded the market, now almost a decade later, are still in working order. Demand is affected by the economy; enough said. True, these are relevant considerations, but they largely miss the point.

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March 09, 2009

Digium and Orderly Software Announce Partnership

Companies using Asterisk in the call center now have access to sophisticated statistical information thanks to a partnership between Digium®, Inc., the Asterisk® Company, and Orderly Software. The two companies will collaborate on the provisioning of sophisticated call center services and management applications to the Asterisk community.

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February 24, 2009

Digium Provides Progress Update on Skype for Asterisk

At last fall’s AstriCon, Stefan Oberg, Skype’s Vice-President for Business, announced the launch of a development program with Digium leading to Skype for Asterisk. Today Digium posted a progress update outlining the current status of the beta program along with more details of the Skype for Asterisk feature set.

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November 26, 2008

BSDTalk interview with John Todd of Asterisk

BSDTalk has a 23 minutes interview with John Todd, Open Source community director at Asterisk

BSDTalk 166 - Listen to the podcast: MP3 | OGG

For those interested in Asterisk on FreeBSD with a lot of preconfiguring already done and a lot of extras, try AskoziaPBX.

November 17, 2008

Bandwidth.com invests in FreePBX GUI for Asterisk

Bandwidth.com has just made an investment in FreePBX, the popular front-end interface to Asterisk-based distros. I discussed this news with Philippe Lindheimer just a couple hours ago. One of the questions I asked was if Bandwidth.com would get "preferred treatment" within the FreePBX interface, since Bandwidth.com offers SIP trunking.
 
Obviously, if FreePBX gives Bandwidth.com a prominent position in the GUI or they make it "easier" to configure FreePBX (i.e. plug-n-play) that could be a huge boon to Bandwidth.com Philippe said that that isn't part of the investment announcement being made today, however, that is something they are looking at.

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September 16, 2008

One Week Until AstriCon 2008

Ok, time is running out.  If you haven't signed up yet for AstriCon please do so ASAP.  We now have over 500 people signed up.  We have 60 speakers, 30 exhibitors, 5 conference tracks, 3 parties, 2 keynotes and a number of big surprises in store for the Asterisk community. 

Here's a brief run-down of the schedule:

AstriCon 2008
- Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Resort & Spa
Glendale, Arizona USA
Sept. 23 - 25

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August 06, 2008

Digium Announces Keynote Speakers for Expanded AstriCon ‘08

Digium, the Asterisk Company, recently announced that Brian Aker from Sun Microsystems/MySQL and Stefan Öberg from Skype are slated as keynote speakers for AstriCon ‘08. AstriCon, the world's largest, most informative gathering of expert developers and users of the popular Asterisk telephony platform, also announces expanded track sessions to this year’s conference.

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June 23, 2008

Digium and Critical Links Offer Carrier-Grade Asterisk Telephony Boards

Digium and Critical Links, a global provider of converged voice, data and IT solutions for SMBs, announced today that Digium will be the exclusive vendor of Asterisk-compatible analog and digital PCI and PCIe telephony boards for Critical Links’ flagship edgeBOX product line. Critical Links has extensively tested Digium boards to ensure compatibility with edgeBOX and chose Digium over other competitors.

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June 02, 2008

Digium and Fanstel Corp. Announce Partnership

Digium Inc., the Asterisk Company, and Fanstel Corp. today announced a partnership that will help ensure interoperability between Fanstel telephones and Digium products. Fanstel SIP telephones are now “Digium Asterisk Certified,” allowing companies that want the flexibility and cost-savings of a voice over IP (VoIP) platform based on Asterisk Business Edition to benefit from full-featured Fanstel telephones.

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May 12, 2008

Digium and Integrics Partner to Offer Open Source-Based Telephony Solution to Carriers

Digium, the Asterisk Company, and Integrics Ltd., a software engineering company providing telecommunications software to customers worldwide, today announced that they have partnered around sales and marketing of Integrics’ Enswitch, a carrier-grade switch based on the Asterisk telephony platform, to carriers worldwide. The agreement provides a route for closer technical, sales and marketing collaboration between the companies and expands Digium’s involvement in the carrier market.

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May 07, 2008

Digium Expands Commitment to AstriCon

AstriCon, the industry’s first conference and exhibit devoted to the most widely used open source telephony platform, Asterisk, is on track to be the largest and most successful in this, its fifth year. Digium, Inc., the creator of and corporate sponsor of Asterisk, today announced that the event will be held in Glendale, Ariz., near Phoenix, from September 23-25, 2008, and invited submissions for presentations. Digium’s commitment to and investment in the conference promises to make this year’s AstriCon the most educational of any Asterisk event, for expert users and beginners alike.

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March 18, 2008

Mark Spencer Recounts the History of Asterisk PBX

Asterisk is an open source private branch exchange (PBX) originally created by Mark Spencer of Digium. A PBX, is a type of phone switch, that allows multiple attached telephones to make calls to one another, and to connect to other telephone services including the public switched telephone network (PSTN). Not totally unlike routers that connect multiple computers to a network.

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