Asterisk VoIP News

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Pictures of the Digium booth at ISPCon 2005

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Open Source SIP/IAX/Zeroconf soft phone for MacOS X

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Flash Operator Panel: Version 0.21 released

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Sunday, May 29, 2005

xc-ast version 0.9.0 is out

Hello list,
I am glad to announce that XC-AST version 0.9.0 is out today.

New functionalities include:

* Though not yet available to the end user, this release inclued the basis of the Outbounds Call Manager that will be released for 1.0. If you update from a previous version, have a look at the UPDATING.txt to understand how to upgrade your database schema.
* The realtime visualization now shows only calls within a given toime frame. This is becaise sometimes Asterisk does not write complete information for a call, and such" orphan calls" used to hang forever as open calls.
It is now possible to configure the SLA for your site, defining the maximum observation period and the interval.
* Due to popular demand, an explicit "delta" from period to period was added.
* It is now possible to see waiting periods and call durations in real-time (as long as your system clock is the same or is synchronized to the Asterisk clock; in any other case you will not see relevant iformation and should turn off this feature).
* Fixed a bug with the English pages where a percentage was showed with the Italian locale
* Assorted minor bugfixes

As always, the product is available free (as in beer) to smaller installations and * enthusiasts around the world to use and hack.

Future plans include:

* Outbound calls management (most of the code is already present in v0.9 but there are quite a few quirks yet)
* Standalone application (so you won't need to install a servlet container just to test XC-AST)

XC-AST can be downloaded at

As always, any comment is appreciated.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Open Documentation standard v1.0 released

The 3rd revision of the Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) 1.0 specification has been approved as an OASIS committee draft by the OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications Technical Committee.

The purpose is to create an open documentation format to keep businesses and individuals from becoming increasingly locked into proprietary formats - such as Microsoft's DOC, XLS and PPT.

Organizations and individuals that store their data in an open format avoid being locked in to a single software vendor, leaving them free to switch software if their current vendor goes out of business or changes their software or licensing terms to something less favorable.

More information can be found at the OASIS website here.

Users: Cisco Call Manager & Asterisk for Voicemail

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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Digium Announces: Asterisk Business Edition

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Dev: Remote Voicemail Server Indication patch on Mantis

Chris A. Icide has posted details of a Voicemail patch on the mantis:

There is a patch on Mantis which includes several features.

1. Support for central voicemail server(s) with remote server notification via IAX

In other words, this patch allows you to configure an Asterisk server as a central voicemail server and to send out voicemail notification to remote Asterisk servers who can then pass the notification on to local clients.

2. Diaplan command to update voicemail pointers

The patch includes a dialplan command (ChangeMailbox) which allows you to change both the central voicemail server as well as the remote clients mailbox pointers. In other words, you can add/move 'mailbox=' fields via the dialplan.

3. Entry into dial plan upon device registration or loss of registration

This function allows you to configure a dialplan context in which SIP or IAX devises will activate a dialplan thread allowing you to execute any non-audio stream dependant dialplan command(s). An example might be identifying the location of the registration and using the changemailbox command to direct the correct voicemail indication to the registering device.

We need community support if we want to get this added to asterisk. Please take a gander. I also have a patch against CVS head 05-02-2005 if you want to test against CVS HEAD prior to all the function changes. Configuration information included in the comments of the patch.


G729 codec for MacOS X - Please sign the petition

Theo Curtis has posted details of a petition to get G.729 support for OSX:

Somebody suggested we may lobby Digium to port the G729 codec to OSX. Rumour has it that they are thinking about it and a little show of hands might help to influence them
to make the right decision ;-)

So, please everybody, sign the petition at

Of course you could also write email to

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Digium and IPsando announces agenda for Astricon Europe - register now!

Notes about the upcoming Astricon. Hope to see you there!

The agenda for Astricon Europe in Madrid June 15-17 is now coming together. It will be an international conference, with speakers from both USA and Europe. Last year, we had over 25 nationalities participating in the first Astricon - the Astricon where Mark released Asterisk 1.0 on the conference floor, during his keynote! Many active members of the Asterisk community talks at the conference, one that will be another milestone in Asterisk history.

Find the information you need to register on and register today! Some additional information, a mini-FAQ:
Hotel registrations is handled by our registration systems

You can register for dCAP testing in the registration system. We will contact you later for the time and day for the dCAP - that will be planned when we know the number of participants, since dCAP requires a lot of equipment.

There is still openings for tutorials. Send proposals to me.

There are still sponsorship oppurtunities.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us on

See you in lovely Madrid!

Best regards,
/Olle and Steve

Among the speakers:

-Keynote by Mark Spencer, Digium
-Ed Guy, Pulver: The architecture for FWDout
-Paul Mahler, Signate: Scaling Asterisk
-Nicolas Guidino: The Flash Operator Panel (FOP)
-Izzy Gal, Xorcom: Threats and Opportunities for PBX - Manufacturers and Telephony VARs in the Age of Asterisk
-Rickard Lander: Implementing Voice over Wireless Mesh
-Kristian Kielhofner: Introduction to ASTLinux
-Nicholas Barnes: Selling Asterisk
-Serge Kruppa, Virtual Contact center based on Asterisk
-Femi Monehim: Using Asterisk for a carrier in Nigeria
-Caleb Kow: Internationalization of Asterisk
-David Troy: Developing Real Time Web-Telephony Applications with Asterisk
-Nicholas Barnes: Selling Asterisk solutions

-Matt Fredrickson, Digium: The Zaptel and LibPRI architecture: An Overview
-Matt Nicholsson, Digium: Extending Asterisk: The AMI and the AGI
-Serge Kruppa: Building a carrier class hosted contact center platform with Asterisk
-James Jones, Signate: Res_Perl: Perl embedded in your Asterisk!
-Kindy Conley: The basics of telephony billing
-Olle E. Johansson: Adventures with Asterisk and SIP
-Keving P. Fleming, Digium: So you want to be an Asterisk developer?
-ManxPower, Eric Wieling
-Joachim (Zoa) Vanheuverzwijn: Asterisk security
-Sergio Serrarno, Avanzada 7: Introduction to Asterisk (in spanish)
-Matt Riddell, SineApps: Using C# to Interface Windows Applications to Asterisk

Dev: Looking for Zaptel Developers


the OSX Zaptel team at is looking for a Zaptel developer to join the project and work on a Darwin driver for the Digium TDM400 card.

Digium has offered to provide a card and a Mac user in Germany has offered to donate a G3 Powermac (tower model with PCI slots). It's got a disfunct power supply but that can easily be replaced with an ATX PSU.

Anybody interested in this please contact mac-hw-exchange (at) Anybody who's already got a Mac and wants to join the OSX Zaptel team, please contact zaptel (at) More info is on the site at

One more thing ... the OSX Zaptel guys tell me that it's also possible to write drivers for OSX working on a PC running Darwin x86. It'll have to be tested on PPC just to be sure though. The Darwin install CD can be dowloaded from


Asterisk based Call Accounting software

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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

MacOS X build for Asterisk 1.0.7 available

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AstMasters: Call for Mac Computers

The AstMasters site is asking for old Mac computers to give to developers who would like to work on OSX parts of Asterisk.


The Astmasters Mac Hardware Exchange
Donated Macs and PPC Motherboards for Asterisk Developers

All over the world, people throw away computers they don't use anymore. With the release of MacOS X 10.4 "Tiger", many G3 Macs are being replaced by G4 and G5 models because their owners want to take advantage of new graphics capabilities built into Tiger.

For Voice over IP applications, graphics capabilities are of very little concern and those old G3 Macs could still be used as Asterisk servers or for Asterisk development. The Macintosh Asterisk community needs more developers. Most of the Asterisk development is done for Linux on x86 hardware but there are Asterisk developers who are interested in MacOS X.

So, why not donate that old Mac or its motherboard to an Asterisk developer who will use it to make sure his or her Asterisk add-ons and utilities will work properly on MacOS X?!

Monday, May 23, 2005

E911 on the Asterisk Open Source PBX

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Saturday, May 21, 2005

Dev: OGG/Vorbis File Format

Jeffrey C. Ollie has posted details of an OGG/Vorbis file format for Asterisk up on the mantis:



for a OGG/Vorbis file format module for Asterisk. Should be useful for things like native file MOH, voicemail, etc. Currently, it is limited to single-channel, 8Khz OGG/Vorbis files. This module could use some testing to shake out any problems. Please give it a try and put your comments into the bugtracker.


IPSwitchBoard now supports CAPI

Thorben Jensen has posted details of the lastest release of IPSwitchBoard:

Version 0.117 - 21. may 2005

* CAPI support has now been added to IPS
* Save all you speed dial number in the asterisk server and retrieve them from any other intance of IPS. This way you can easily share all your speed dial numbers between all users of IPS.
* All speed dial number can be saved with the family "cidname" - use this to set Caller ID on incoming call in your dial plan.
* Many bug fixes

FREE download from:

IPSwitchBoard is an Operators Panel for the Asterisk PBX.
IPS is an Windows.NET application which gives you:

* Unattended/attended transfers.
* Park calls and retrieve/forward them again.
* Organize all your SIP, IAX, CAPI and Zap extensions (automatically retrieved from Asterisk).
* Hotel/Call shop Billing module
* Monitor all extensions, queues, agents and Parked Calls.
* Dynamically log extensions in and out of queues.
* Integration with CRM software on the web.
* Browse Call Records and make Charts.
* Record calls and transfer wav files to the PC automatically.
* Set Do Not Disturb on Extensions and give a reason.
* Speed Dialing. Speed dial number can be shared from the server.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Asterisk - Open Source PBX

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FREE music for downloading (Music on Hold)

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Asterisk at ISPcon

Rick Segrest has written to inform people that there will be Asterisk representatives at next weeks' ISPcon:

Digium is sending a couple of Asterisk representatives to ISPcon next week in Baltimore: Greg Boehnlein (author of AstWind) and Brian Capouch (professor at St. Joseph's College and author of an upcoming Asterisk book by Prentice-Hall). We will also have a 10 x 10' booth there dedicated to Asterisk.

Greg and Brian need some help manning the booth. If you have a business centered around Asterisk and would like to help them out at the booth, please contact me directly,

The tutorials Greg and Brian are teaching are excellent opportunities to learn more about Asterisk. They will be titled as follows:

Open Source Communications BoF - Wed 25 May 2005, 5:15 - 7:00 pm

Intro to Asterisk Open Source PBX - Thurs 26 May 2005, 9:00 - 10:00 am

Advanced Asterisk Management and Programming - Thurs 26 May 2005, 10:15 - 11:15 am

Packaging and Delivering Business-class Voice Services to SOHO and SME Customers- 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Deciphering the Barbie Phones from the Business Phones: VoIP Endpoint Roundup
Stop by if you can!

Rick Segrest
Digium, Inc.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Dev: ztdummy accuracy improvements on kernel 2.6

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AstFax - Asterisk Fax

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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Equation adds voice logging to existing PABX

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IP telephony firm launched

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Dev: A pipe length tester for TDM400 cards

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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Big telco players embrace Asterisk

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Managed Linux services on show at LinuxWorld

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Monday, May 16, 2005

Users: VoIP Encryption Options

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Friday, May 13, 2005

Sipura SPA-3000 Reviewed

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VoIP Is Killing Traditional Telephony

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Thursday, May 12, 2005

Hit "Asterisk" for More Options

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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

AreskiCC V2.2 - Asterisk CallingCard Application

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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

AstriCon Europe: June 15 - 17 in Madrid Spain

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Friday, May 06, 2005

Grandstream GXP-2000 reviewed

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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Asterisk dialplanner

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Asterisk PBX System

Monday, May 02, 2005

The Asterisk Realtime Architecture

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Asterisk-java 0.1 released

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