Asterisk 1.8, E-Minus 6-months


Yes, E-Minus, not T-Minus; they’re different. Anyway, it was but a short three-and-a-half years ago that Asterisk 1.8 was released. Since then, we’ve seen a lot of great things from Asterisk and within the Asterisk community: version numbering changed (again!), WebRTC became a thing (or did it?), ARI is a unique and new way to interact with Asterisk (“hello” app developers), and AstriCon’s finally making its way to Vegas (I’ll be the guy in the Elvis suit).

It’s important to note that because it’s been 3.5 years, Asterisk 1.8 only has 6 months of bug-fix support remaining – that’s … Continued

Mark Spencer Interview Live from 10,000 Feet

In this week’s episode of Asterisk Live, creator of Asterisk and CTO of Digium, Mark Spencer grants a unique interview live from the cockpit of his DA40 Diamond Star aircraft. Many of you know that Mark is a talented engineer and technologist, but did you know he is also an accomplished pilot?


Asterisk Past and Future

In this interview Mark reveals which is more difficult – writing code or flying a plane. (The answer may surprise you.) While on the flight we had the chance to talk Asterisk past, sharing some stories from the early days of Asterisk and Digium. … Continued

UC Solutions for Aging Patients Who Hate Auto Attendants

In the 1970s, answering machines were all the rage. We bought one for my grandparents so we could leave messages if they were at the river, on their boat or fishing.  By the 1980s, they were getting up in age. Operating the new speaker mode on the answering machine, without cutting me off, had really complicated things for them. For all the technological changes they experienced with telephony, the one they struggled with the most was the evolution of voice prompting systems, which predated the auto attendants we use, today. It turns out, my grandparents were not alone – and this … Continued

Asterisk Live: Call Recording Solutions with OrecX

See OrecX with Asterisk Live on Asterisk.orgIn this episode of Asterisk Live, Bruce Kaskey, COO of OrecX joins the call to discuss voice recording with Asterisk. Bruce notes with some dry humor, “We are not a vacuum cleaning company.” OrecX, which stands for “Open Recording Systems,” provides both open source and commercial versions of their call recording and voice data software. Their solutions work in tandem with Asterisk to do passive, SPAN-based calling recording. This offloads the CPU of your Asterisk PBX allowing it to be able to handle more simultaneous call load. Additionally, OrecX provides data solutions that allow for screen capture recording. SMB Contact Continued

Asterisk, Heartbleed, and You

Olle E. Johansson, CEO Edvina AB and Matt Jordan, Engineering Manager for the Open Source Software team at Digium discuss the Heartbleed vunerability in Asterisk.

Recently, a vulnerability was discovered in the ubiquitous OpenSSL library. This bug, dubbed “Heartbleed”, allows unauthenticated attackers to discover and steal TLS/SSL protected information from vulnerable clients and servers. As the primary means of protecting information is typically performed using OpenSSL, the severity of this vulnerability cannot be underestimated.

Asterisk uses OpenSSL to encrypt signaling communication in many of its channel drivers, dialplan applications, and core functionality. This includes SIP and XMPP channel drivers, … Continued