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[News] Asterisk Available as User-friendly GNU/Linux Appliance

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Digium CEO Discusses Open-Source Balancing Act

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| AsteriskNow really is a version of Asterisk that has a graphical user 
| interface available in it. The GUI in AsteriskNow is not the same one 
| available in Switchvox, and Switchvox doesn't take advantage of the GUI that 
| is available in AsteriskNow. If you think of AsteriskNow as a project, as 
| opposed to a product, it is an available distribution that reduces the 
| technical skill that is required for an end user to utilize Asterisk. It is 
| distributed on an RPath foundation, so that you don’t have to be such a Linux 
| expert, and it has pretty easy setup and a GUI, and it has a basis from which 
| you could do enhancements through scripting and could maybe more easily 
| integrate with other applications.         



Digium Takes Home Three More Industry Awards

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| The company and its founder, Mark Spencer, have also appeared on 
| numerous “company to watch” and “influencer” lists, including 2008 
| installations from eWeek, Linux Magazine and VoIP-News.  


Digium Founder Mark Spencer Recounts the History of Open Source Asterisk PBX

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| Mark got started with Linux early in 1994 Slackware  (kernel version 1.09). 
| One of the few in Auburn, AL at the time  that knew anything about Linux. 
| After a stint with Adtran (a global provider of communications equipment) he 
| moved out on his own starting a company called Linux Support Services. Mark 
| traded his services for space in the back of a local computer store in 
| Huntsville, AL. He started by building his own computer and eventually built 
| his own phone switch informed by his experience developing GAIM (now Pidgin) 
| among other open source projects.         
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| He attributes their early success contributions from this technical audience 
| with contributions from hundreds of developers and feedback generated by over 
| a million downloads in 2007. They also benefited from the fact that 
| traditional telephone systems were very expensive and features didn’t 
| translate from one system to another. Asterisk was very cost effective, 
| configurable, and capable of VOIP in an industry with no clear leader. Also 
| there was a fundamental shift in the industry from hardware switches to 
| software switches.        



Digium preps Asterisk Linux distribution

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| "We developed our own GUI [which is] similar to Trixbox [distribution],
| but the purpose of AsteriskNow is to provide a distribution built
| around Asterisk technology so people can use it without the GUI," he
| said. "The GUI is the same as the Asterisk Appliance that looks
| like a Linksys router that runs Asterisk and has analogue ports."


Linux dominating VoIP devices?

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| Trolltech says its development framework and software stack for mobile 
| devices was selected by Skype as the preferred platform for Skype-certified 
| VoIP (voice-over-IP) phones. Additionally, the Qtopia framework/stack has 
| been used in about 40 VoIP devices, making it the "dominant Linux 
| development platform for VoIP/WiFi devices," according to Trolltech. 


Digium Takes Best of Open Source Software Award

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| Bossie judges singled out Digium for being the “most mature and scalable” IP 
| PBX currently available. 

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