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NewsForge: A PBX for Everyone with Asterisk@Home

Jul 31, 2005, 17:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Virijevich)

"Asterisk, the open source private branch exchange (PBX) from Digium, has the power to change the telecommunications industry in much the same way that Linux is changing the operating systems market, but it needed work to simplify installation and configuration. The recent release of Asterisk@Home, a Linux distribution dedicated to making Asterisk easy to install and configure, is a big help.

"Asterisk is the brainchild of Mark Spencer, who was the original developer of GAIM, the popular multi-network open source instant messenger. After GAIM, Spencer started work on Asterisk. Its features rival those of expensive proprietary PBXes, which can cost from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Asterisk does VoIP, interfaces with traditional telecom hardware, and is available at no cost..."

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