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TMC Internet Telephony: Open Source Telephony... The Next Big Thing

Jan 29, 2004, 07:00 (2 Talkback[s])
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"The reason that open source is doing so well, aside from it being free and customizable, is that open source products can be as reliable as their commercial counterparts. There are still benefits to owning commercial database software but open source is good enough for the majority of deployed applications. It is very tough if not impossible to compete against free, more customizable and sometimes more reliable software. Open source will wreak havoc in every market it touches. This process won't happen overnight but look to Sun as the first casualty in the open source versus commercial war with others to follow.

"One of the next frontiers for open source is telecom. It is here, in this space, where a company called Asterisk is making a name for itself by offering an open source Linux PBX including voice mail, IVR, auto attendant, overhead paging, call parking, VoIP, PRI compatibility with many CO switches, SIP, H.323, and many codecs including GSM and G.729 (commercial license required) to name but two..."

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