Asterisk VoIP News

Thursday, January 12, 2006

From Analog to VoIP: Asterisk Brings Telephony Together Under One Open-Source Platform

Note: I found this interview today with Mark Spencer creator of the Asterisk Platform.

Six years ago, Mark Spencer started his own Linux technical support business. Unlike other tech startups at the time, he spent his money frugally. Spencer had to; he didn't even have enough to pay for an office PBX system, which can cost up to several thousands of dollars.

"I had about $4,000 to start it out with, and I wasn't about to buy a phone system, so I figured I'd just make one," Spencer says.

He created Asterisk, a software platform PBX system, and open-sourced the code in 1999. Asterisk was not particularly useful to others outside of Spencer's own needs for his company, until a few years later when community contributions added support for more industry-standard telephony hardware, and modern Internet voice communications technologies, like Voice-over-IP (VoIP), to succeeding versions.

Click Here for the Full Interview with Mark Spencer