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Digium lifer, celebrator of 13 Digium birthdays, and Digium employee #4. "I like te-lephony and I cannot lie. You other vendors can't deny; When a call comes in with MOS so you can't hear and some echo in your ear you get angry!" - Sir Mix-a-Malcolm

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

Zoom! Gigabit…for Saving Time

Gigabit, because time is precious.

I do a lot of large file transfers, and our WiFi network doesn’t cut it. So, I need to go wired. When I do that, I plug my laptop into the PC port of my Digium phone. Then, I frequently download DVD ISOs that I then turn into Virtual Machines, running on my laptop, for testing various versions of Asterisk, various FreePBX-based distributions, and for demoing Switchvox. I also do backups of my machine to a remote time capsule, and each one of those is quite large, since new VMs are constantly appearing in … Continued

AsteriskNOW 2.x


Long-time users of AsteriskNOW, who are still on the 2.x version, are encouraged to migrate to the 3.x version, which has been available since March of 2013. Details on improvements in AsteriskNOW 3.x over the older 2.x version can be found in the announcement blog post.

As the CentOS 5.x release upon which Asterisk 2.x runs has lapsed into maintenance mode, we feel it’s time to prod everyone to move to AsteriskNOW 3.x, based on CentOS 6.x, which has years of upstream maintenance support remaining. AsteriskNOW 2.x will cease receiving RPM updates from Digium 6 months from now. … Continued

Digium Phones Get Smarter


Attention Asterisk integrators, there’s a new phone firmware! Yay! And a new release of DPMA to support it. Double yay! What’s the good hubbub? Murray’s word on the street is “Smart BLF.”

“Smart BLF” encompasses the behaviors of the Rapid Dial keys on Digium’s IP phones made available with the just-released 1.4 phone firmware. Compared to the previous functionality of Rapid Dial keys, Smart BLF provides an entirely new world of possibilities.

What kinds of things can you do with Smart BLF?

One-touch transfer – On the phone with someone and you want to transfer them somewhere quickly, statim, … Continued

Goin’ Native

Our background is Asterisk, the infinitely variable toolkit for building complex telephony applications. It seems to have been a bit of a hit (understatement) with developers over the past 10+ years. So, when we set out to build our Digium phones, we gave very careful consideration to how developers might want to use our phones.

In doing so, we looked at the market and noticed a disappointing trend among other desktop phones. The application integration for other phones is focused around the delivery of content from an external server to a microbrowser running on the phone. Users load up the microbrowser … Continued