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[News] Asterisk an Example of Free Software Going Mainstream

  • Subject: [News] Asterisk an Example of Free Software Going Mainstream
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 07 Oct 2009 22:54:35 +0100
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Astricon: Has Asterisk Gone Mainstream?

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| When the Astricon conference kicks off Oct. 13 in 
| Glendale, Ariz., The VAR Guy will be checking to see if 
| Asterisk â the open source IP PBX â is ready for 
| mainstream VARs and solutions providers. Actually, The VAR 
| Guy thinks he already knows the answer to that question. 
| Hereâs why.


Free as in Speech vs. Free as in Beer, Redux

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| Take a look in any data center anywhere in the world, and | you may well find free software running there. Linux, in 
| particular, has done extraordinarily well for itself 
| during the past decade, popping up in places that would 
| have been unimaginable just a few years ago.
| But why? "Well it's bound to be popular isn't it?" you'll 
| hear the non-tech savvy say. "Everyone loves something 
| that's free." And that's your cue to launch into the whole 
| spiel about "free as in beer," and "free as in speech." 
| About how software wants to be free. And about how, as the 
| Free Software Foundation puts it, "we call this free 
| software because the user is free. Free software is the 
| foundation of a learning society â where the tools we all 
| use are free to share, study and modify."
| We can also point out if we want to â or if we're 
| Microsoft â that Linux and other free software usually 
| isn't always free as in beer. Money often changes hands â 
| Red Hat and Novell are testament to that â even if 
| strictly speaking what you're paying for is called a 
| support contract or a maintenance subscription.



Build Your Own PBX With Asterisk and Linux

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| Personally I'd recommend taking an Asterisk Fast Start course to get you up and
| running, but if you fancy trying out Asterisk in the lab to see if it might be
| suitable for your organization here's what you need to know to start.

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