We’ve watched Asterisk grow over the past couple of years and we have to say we are really impressed with how far they’ve come. We downloaded “PBX In A Flash” in the past week, set it up in about 20 minutes and had a full phone system up and running with a sip trunk in no time what so ever, we’re still trying to figure out why we waited so long.
Anyway we just discovered AsteriskNow which we guess is the equivalent to PBX In A Flash. If we have some time we’ll perform this install and let you know how it goes. In the interim here is some info from the Asterisk site.
AsteriskNOW™ is a Software Appliance; a customized Linux distribution that includes Asterisk®, the AsteriskGUI™, and all other software needed for an Asterisk system. The world’s leading open source telephony engine and tool kit, Asterisk, can now be easily configured with a graphical interface. AsteriskNOW™ includes all the Linux components necessary to run, debug and build Asterisk, and only those components, so installation is easy. You no longer have to worry about kernel versions and package dependencies. Unlike other Linux distributions used to deploy Asterisk, no unnecessary components that might compromise security or performance are included.
Asterisk is the world’s leading open source telephony engine and tool kit. Offering flexibility unheard of in the world of proprietary communications, Asterisk empowers developers and integrators to create advanced communication solutions…for free.
Asterisk is released as open source under the GNU General Public License (GPL), and it is available for download free of charge. Asterisk is the most popular open source software available, with the Asterisk Community being the top influencer in VoIP.
Asterisk was created by Mark Spencer of Digium, Inc in 1999. Code has been contributed from open source coders around the world, and testing and bug-patches from the community have provided invaluable aid to the development of this software.
Learn more about Asterisk and what it can do.