Inside the Asterisk

Asterisk Versioning and Releases

Prompted by a post on the Asterisk users mailing list I thought I’d write a bit about Asterisk versioning and releases for this blog post. The Asterisk project at any given time has between 2 and 3 major versions of Asterisk being released. When I say major version I’m referring to an entirely different branch

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Jared Smith’s Departure from Sangoma

Those of you who know me know that I’m very passionate about open source and about open source telephony projects. As the VP of Open Source Community Development here at Sangoma, I’m proud of the work that we’ve been able to do to ensure that the Asterisk and FreePBX open source projects remain strong and

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New PJSIP Logging Functionality

When PJSIP support was written for Asterisk we naturally needed the ability to display the SIP messages being sent and received. This took the form of the res_pjsip_logger module which hooks into the message sending and receiving path and logs the messages. The functionality was written to be familiar to users of chan_sip by allowing

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CentOS 8: Installing Asterisk Dependencies

We’ve had a few questions about whether or not Asterisk could easily install on CentOS 8. A few months ago the answer to that question was no. However, given some time, a few added packages later, and a custom open source repository contribution we now believe that answer has changed. In this post I’ll explain

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Collaborating for Success in Open Source

Open source is becoming very prevalent in the software world, even if it’s not obvious. Your phone, your television, your smart speaker, and even your car is likely to use open source libraries and applications. In fact, a recent Tidelift survey showed that 92% of applications use open source libraries. One thing I’ve seen over

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Dana and Asterisk, part 2

A couple of weeks ago, Dan Jenkins kindly wrote a guest blog post about Dana — an up-and-coming open source project which helps to highlight some of the great video-conferencing capabilities in Asterisk. In this blog post, I’d like to expand on that, and show you how to get a simple video-conferencing solution up and

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Introducing Dana the Stream Gatekeeper

In this troubling time of dealing with COVID-19 around the world we’re seeing more and more need for tools to help in communicating with co-workers, friends and family. Asterisk has historically proven itself as one of the key puzzle pieces when it comes to enacting change and evolution in the communications space. The power of

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Improving Core Dump Analysis

Within the Asterisk project we are constantly trying to improve our processes and data collection when a problem is encountered to reduce the back and forth for getting information. This initially started with the ast_coredumper script that is now the recommended way to collect information from a running Asterisk process or from a core dump

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A Little Glimpse Into ConfBridge

The ConfBridge dialplan application is used countless times each day by people to do conferencing. Long ago this was done using the MeetMe dialplan application that utilized DAHDI functionality but with the requirement on DAHDI for it to operate an alternative was needed and ConfBridge came into existence. Have you ever wondered how it actually

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Building a Channel Driver – Part 3

Review If you’ve been following this blog post series, then you should have a channel driver that’s ready to be integrated with ARI. If not, then check out Part 1 and Part 2 first. The purpose of this final chapter in the series will be to get your channel driver working with ARI, which is

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