About the author

Kevin P. Fleming has 25+ years of programming experience, with every major programming language. Most recently, Kevin has been applying his software design and architecture skills to the open source unified communications arena. He's been the Director of Software Technologies at Digium since 2008, primarily responsible for shaping the direction of Asterisk, Asterisk SCF and Digium's other open source software products. Kevin joined Digium in 2005.

Digium’s New Asterisk Community Support Manager: Rusty Newton

We’d like you all to help us welcome Rusty Newton to Digium’s Asterisk development and community support team!

Rusty has been with Digium for over five years, starting in the Technical Support department and then moving to a sales position where he assisted customers with Asterisk and Switchvox solutions for their business needs. Prior to joining Digium, he spent more than five years in the telecom industry, installing, configuring and maintaining PBXs. A couple of weeks ago, he moved into a new role (for him and for Digium), Community Support Manager.

In this role he’ll be the primary person … Continued

Asterisk 11 Development: WebRTC/RTCWeb support

Early in 2012, the Asterisk development team at Digium got together to put together a list of projects we wanted to complete for the upcoming release of Asterisk 11. As you can imagine, there’s no shortage of feature requests out there… but we can’t do it all, and of course we still have to fix bugs, get maintenance releases out the door, and support the user community.

After much discussion, we settled on the list of projects on this page; many of these have been on the wish lists produced from Asterisk Developer’s Conference sessions in past years. As of … Continued

Oh Certified Asterisk, Where Do You Come From?

(Wherein Kevin explains how Asterisk branching, tagging and releases work, and how Certified Asterisk fits into the picture… with an actual picture!)

A couple of days ago, Malcolm Davenport posted here about Certified Asterisk, a new series of Open Source Asterisk releases being produced by Digium. Since that post went out, there’s been some discussion (almost confusion) in the Asterisk community about exactly where the Certified Asterisk releases are coming from, and what they contain. In order to try to help describe how this whole process works, I’ve created this page on the Asterisk Wiki which includes a … Continued

Asterisk 1.4 and Asterisk 1.6.2: End-Of-Life Approaching

Well, it’s almost here. Asterisk 1.4 was released in December of 2006, and was later deemed the first ‘Long Term Support’ release of Asterisk, when that policy was put in place. Nearly a year ago, when it was 4.5 years old, Asterisk 1.4 entered the ‘Security Fix Only’ support mode, which means that we began actively encouraging people to base new installations on Asterisk 1.8 (the next Long Term Support release). At the same time, the End-Of-Life (EOL) date for Asterisk 1.4 (and Asterisk 1.6.2) was announced.

Now, as we approach April of 2012, those EOL dates are just … Continued

Asterisk Open Source – Now with more Long Term Support!

Starting with this year’s release of Asterisk 11 (scheduled for October, just in time for AstriCon), the Asterisk release policy will be changed in order to provide Long Term Support (LTS) releases on a more frequent basis.

A little background: Asterisk 1.4, released in late 2006, was the first release labeled with the ‘LTS’ designation (although that didn’t happen until years later, when the Asterisk development team started using that designation). Asterisk 1.8, released in late 2010, was the second release labeled ‘LTS’. Asterisk 10 was released earlier this year, and is a standard (not LTS) release.

Until recently, the … Continued