If you grew up in the late 1970s or early 1980s you might remember a series of commercials starring world renowned director and actor Orson Wells. The commercials, which promoted the now defunct Paul Masson winery, always ended with the catchphrase “We’ll sell no wine before its time.” intoned with great feeling. It’s undeniably sad that an iconic 20th century artist such as Wells was reduced to hawking cheap bubbly, but that catch phrase was pure gold. It speaks of a commitment to quality. It reminds us that great things cannot be rushed. And as it is with wine, so it is with software.
In late October at AstriCon we announced Asterisk 10, the latest and greatest version of the most widely adopted open source communications engine on the planet. We extolled the virtues of its new high definition media engine. We regaled reporters and analysts with stories of ConfBridge, the amazing new audio and video conferencing application that shows off our media-fu. We crowed about the new protocol independent text routing capabilities. We even touted the addition of T.38 fax gateway support. What we didn’t say is “and you can download it now”. Why not? Because we’ll sell no wine before its time. As much as we would have liked to release Asterisk 10 at AstriCon, it wasn’t quite ready.
I’m extremely happy to announce that today is the time. The last of the blockers have been addressed. The development team has given the green light. As of 4:37 PM central time, Asterisk 10.0.0 is available for download. So go forth, download, compile, install and celebrate.