Dial D for Disruption

,----[ Quote ]
| Spencer is the inventor of Asterisk, a free software program that establishes
| phone calls over the Internet and handles voicemail, caller ID,
| teleconferencing and a host of novel features for the phone. With Asterisk
| loaded onto a computer, a decent-size company can rip out its traditional
| phone switch, even some of its newfangled Internet telephone gear, and say
| good-bye to 80% of its telecom equipment costs. Not good news for Cisco
| (nasdaq: CSCO - news - people ), Nortel or Avaya (nyse: AV - news -
| people ).
| "We have to figure out ways to get into everything: Carriers, businesses,
| equipment companies," says Spencer. "For better or worse, I don't tend to
| think small."
| Spencer, who is all of 29 years old, is poised to disrupt the $7 billion
| market for office telecom switches (often called PBXs) much the way the Linux
| open-source computer operating system crushed the price of business computing
| and brought woe to established leaders such as Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT -
| news - people ) and Sun Microsystems (nasdaq: SUNW - news - people ).



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

,----[ Quote ]
| 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. * * * *
| [...]
| 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. * * * *


Junction Networks uses Asterisk to tailor VoIP to customer demands

,----[ Quote ]
| Oeth is no stranger to open source. In the early '90s he started Interport
| Communications, an ISP that eventually became the second largest in New York
| City. In that business he got "very familiar" with Apache Web servers and a
| host of open source tools. After he sold Interport, Oeth was looking for
| another business. "Knowing all the advantages of open source, we saw a lot of
| similarities between Apache and Asterisk. We knew we could install this, get
| a conference bridge up and running, and have the cheapest one out there." * * *


Asterisk is no longer just a PBX footnote

,----[ Quote ]
| While Asterisk IP PBX software can be a boon for cash-strapped businesses
| that need phone upgrades, the free, open source platform has also spawned a
| host of for-profit vendors that charge for Asterisk professional services,
| peripherals and software extensions and still manage to undercut the prices
| charged by more established IP PBX vendors. * *


InfoWorld Names Digium(R) Asterisk(R) a Top Technology Impacting 2008 IT

,----[ Quote ]
| InfoWorld reports, "a complete IP PBX released as open source under the GNU
| Public License, Asterisk is built to run on commodity hardware, providing
| considerable cost savings when compared with commercial alternatives, and it
| leverages the open source community for additional testing, bug fixes, and
| feature development." * *


Digium Unveils Business-Class "Digium|Asterisk Marketplace"

,----[ Quote ]
| New Digium website provides a one-stop destination for Asterisk-related
| products and services


Linux VoIP stack powers "kitchen communicator" design

,----[ Quote ]
| Trolltech has announced a new spin on its Qtopia software stack for
| Linux-based devices.


Asterisk awakens open source love in telecom entrepreneur

,----[ Quote ]
| Fribush's previous company produced Web telephony software for the online
| dating industry. When that business was sold in 2006, he started looking for
| his next project and noticed an interesting trend. "We were looking at the
| Asterisk movement, and we started looking at some of the momentum," Fribush
| says. "It was a big disrupter. And we thought that one of the missing pieces
| was a turnkey solution where the application was actually hosted." Fribush
| partnered with his friend Michael Rand to launch Aretta
| Communications. "That's really the start of my open source background. I've
| really always been a Microsoft guy. You get converted when you see the power
| of open source tools. Now it is the majority of our infrastructure." * * * *


Digium preps Asterisk Linux distribution

,----[ Quote ]
| "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?

,----[ Quote ]
| 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

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


Choice Open-Source VoIP News Nuggets

,----[ Quote ]
| The folks who maintain FreePBX, the popular Asterisk graphical interface and
| management system, held their first-ever Open Telephony Training Seminar last
| month in Charleston, South Carolina. It sold out early and was a big success,
| so there will be another one this May in Las Vegas. The course covers how to
| market, sell, deploy, troubleshoot, customize, and administer
| Asterisk/FreePBX systems. In addition, they added an optional "Day 0" that *
| provides a basic foundation in both Linux skills and FreePBX basics. * *