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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Cisco Systems to Acquire Sipura Technology

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Asterisk 1.0.6 Released!

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Asterisk 1.0.6 stable has been released by Russell Bryant. Bug fixes to the IAX2, SIP and Zap channels, Dial application bug fixes including restoration of v1.0 CallerID functionality, simultaneous voicemails no longer get over-written, and a bug in an undocumented feature which members of the Asterisk Documentation Team discovered during documenting was fixed (the ${EXTEN:-1} bug).

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The full ChangeLog is available at Tarballs can be found on Digiums FTP server. Click Read More to see Russell's post tot he Asterisk-Users mailing list.

Greetings Everyone!

Version 1.0.6 of Asterisk, zaptel, libpri, and Asterisk-addons has been
released. There is also a new tarball for Asterisk-sounds.

They are available for download on the digium FTP site:

ChangeLogs are available with the source as well as on the following web

If you will be attending Spring VON in San Jose, be sure to come by the
Asterisk Pavilion and say hello! A number of the Asterisk developers,
including myself, will be there talking to people about Asterisk.


Russell Bryant

Monday, April 25, 2005

Mark Spencer Speaks to the Toronto Asterisk/Linux Users Groups


Source: SineApps

Mark Spencer, President of Digium and creator of GAIM, Asterisk and DUNDi, spoke on Thursday, April 21 to a nicely-filled room of Toronto Area Asterisk and Linux enthusiasts. Jon "maddog" Hall, Director of Linux International, and Ed Guy, Chief Scientist at, also joined us.

Knowing that Mark was going to be in Toronto as a keynote speaker at VON Canada, the Toronto Asterisk Users Group invited him to hang out with us at our favorite spot for drinks and conversation. As interest in Mark's visit grew, it quickly became clear that we were going to need a better venue. A lecture hall at the University of Toronto was rented for the occasion, and we ended up with over 100 people attending the event.

Mark briefly spoke about the history of Asterisk, where Asterisk is now, and the value of the Asterisk community. After his talk, the floor was opened to a lively (and lengthy!) Q&A session.

As a result of this interest from the community, we have decided to bring a bit more formal structure to the Toronto Asterisk Users Group. We will be developing a website over the next few months, and will be organizing more events that are of interest to the community. Some of the concepts we have been contemplating are:
Asterisk bake-off for new users--bring an old PC, and roll your own PBX!

An obfuscated dial-plan contest

Most creative (or oddest) Asterisk implementation
Stay tuned--there'll be more to come from TAUG!

(Why not start an AUG (pronounced "og") in your area?)

Monday, April 18, 2005

Asterisk Breeds a Cottage Industry

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Friday, April 08, 2005

Interview with Mark Spencer

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Source: By SineApps

Question 1: When did you start development of Asterisk?

Early in 1999, just after the Linux Expo. At the time, Digium was still "Linux Support Services, LLC" which was me and a group of contractors. I had done a development job for Adtran (who shared the booth with me at the show) in which we used a Linux box with a frame relay card to act as a frame relay to ethernet bridge for this DSL mux called a "frameport". Keith Morgan, who was representing Adtran at the event had brought some Atlas boxes to show off some of their telephony stuff and I thought "Hey, what happens if Keith sends me a voice over frame relay call?" so we tried that and I got some little blip of data. I theorized that if I could get a call into the PC I could do anything with it, and thus was Asterisk born. I needed a phone system anyway and with as small a startup budget as I had for LSS, I wasn't about to buy one, so building one seemed a logical way to go. (see attached picture, i'm the one with his back to the camera in a red shirt)

Question 2: What is the plan for 1.1 and 2.0?

As an open source project, my own vision is always combined with the vision of the other contributing developers. Because Asterisk does most of what people need, people are enabled (dare I say "empowered") to make it fit their needs exactly. Thus the direction that Asterisk goes is often influenced by the patches that I receive through the bug tracker. I have my own list of things but I don't know which ones will end up in what version, just depends on what I have time to finish.

Question 3: What do you see as the biggest areas of growth in the Asterisk codebase?

We are seeing a lot of core improvement in extension handling as well as new applications and lots of RFC improvements in the SIP side. Caller*ID went through some big changes and there may be some other things in the pipeline like "shims". THe new "realtime" engine is enabling database backending to be relatively seamlessly embedded into SIP, IAX, Voicemail and Extensions with more to come. One thing that is also interesting is that we're seeing the first Asterisk games like "Metaboo" that drumkilla and twisted developed. This helps illustrate my observation that "It's hard to get most people excited about telephones, but those who do get excited get *really* excited."

Perhaps what is most refreshing though is the sheer number of developers that we see contributing to Asterisk, especially this year. We have dozens of new contributers who have made small improvements and several new developers making significant and repeated contributions.

Question 4: What market sector do you foresee the largest uptake of Asterisk taking place in the near future?

It's hard to pick just one place. Asterisk solves so many little problems for so many people that it seems to end up playing a small role in just a huge number of places as well as some places where Asterisk is really the centerpiece of an organization's telephony system. In terms of size, we still see installations as small as a 1 FXO + 1 FXS up to the tens of thousands of customers connected to an ITSP in a cluster. Even some companies who have products that Asterisk could be viewed as competitive with, often are using Asterisk to make their own architectures easier. For example a softswitch company may use Asterisk as a voicemail system to make their entire cost come down even though Asterisk can itself be used as a soft switch.

Question 5: How did you find Astricon?

It was absolutely spectacular. When Steven first called us and told us they were going to have a conference about Asterisk and they thought they'd get 100 people to come, I was certainly supportive but I also doubted they would be able to get tha many attendees. After all, most conferences are about an entire technolgoy (e.g. VON or Internet Telephony Expo). It was hard to think of a show which was focused on a single application (as opposed to a technology, operating system or programming language). Of course when it finally finished there were over 450 attendees from over 30 countries -- an amazing turn out for a first time show. Of course it was a fascinating experience for myself and all of Digium to see how many people really are using the technolgoy that we've developed.

Question 6: How do you see Astricon progressing in the future?

Astricon was not a marketing show, it was a real, technical show with real, technical talks. For that reason, I think it will become a very rapidly growing show. I give Olle and Steven great marks for having the vision to make this a reality and for their good organization. People that went to the show were very pleased with the response and will almost certainly come back.

Question 7: What hours do you keep?

I usually work at the office 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST However, I rarely get to spend much time doing technical things while I'm at work. I mostly do that in the evening. The bug tracker is the focus of my evening, typically, trying to review patches and get them in. Even with all the assistance I receive from bkw and the other bug marshals, it's hard to conceive of how much time it really takes to keep a handle on it, and the bug tracker leaves no vacation in that if it's not serviced daily, it quickly can grow out of hand.

Question 8: Favourite Drink?

I like lots of drinks, with or without alcohol or caffeine.

Question 9: Favourite Food?

I like basically everything but fish.

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