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Open Telephony Training in the Pacific Northwest

Sometime early in 2006 I started building systems with AA@H. About the only inexpensive way to learn Asterisk was in the forums and blogs. It was in the Nervittles blog of Ward Mundy that I won entrance to the first Fonality trixbox® Open Communications Certification (FtOCC, pronounced “F-talk”) workshop, held in LA - March 2007.

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Backup Module Ideas - and a Few OTTS Seats Left

The backup module has been a long time member of the available FreePBX modules. It has been well received and has helped many users recover from potential disasters, and for that we are all very grateful. It has also been plagued by various issues and has been one of those modules that many felt could really use an overhaul but at the same time, it's not the most exciting module that attracts interest from the volunteer development team.

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A Quick Update to Start the New Years

You may have noticed quite a few module updates available (for those of you running 2.5, which we hope is most of you). Although it seems like a lot there is really not much to it.

Module Updates

New Years Hat

There were a handful of minor bug fixes in half a dozen of the modules that have been sitting in the repository unpublished. tango The rest of the updates were language updates that were already available through the language pack module. We just thought with the New Year, we would get all the modules in sync as it makes it easier for us to manage and make sure when real bug fixes are checked in, we get them published and out quickly.

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FreePBX Site Gets a Facelift

With the holidays fast approaching and the exciting new things coming we thought it was time to freshen things up and give the site a nice clean look. We've been busy with CSS magic and challenges with drupal and Sledge has gotten really creative with our favorite mascot. We hope you like what you see.

There's no under construction sign up but if you run into a few glitches over the next week, that's probably why. Let us know what you like (and what you don't) and we will try to tweak things as best we can.

FreePBX: 

A Bright Future for FreePBX

Over 4 years ago, FreePBX, then known as AMP, started a course to disrupt the traditional PBX market by changing the game on the existing black box telephone industry. In this short time the Open Source process has been able to surpass what has taken the industry decades to accomplish. With millions of downloads, an installed base counted in the hundreds of thousands, and almost every successful Open Source PBX distribution basing itself off of FreePBX, our project has clearly proven itself as a leader in this telephony revolution!

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One Day of Lost Data on Trac

For those of you who keep a close eye on the development site you will notice that some data has just been deleted. I unfortunately corrupted the database in error trying to remove some profanities in some ticket comments. I restored it to the last snapshot that was taken which is about 3/4 of a day old. There should be nothing major lost.

FreePBX: 

AsteriskNOW goes FreePBX and a Great Time at Digium

It looks like our most recent Open Telephony Training Seminar at Digium's Headquarters was a success beyond our wildest dreams! Digium was so impressed with FreePBX, our community (as represented by the class attendees), the great attitude of everyone (who else has participants set up camp with their RV in the Digium parking lot), and the project as a whole that they went off and created AstriskNOWTMwhile I was on the plane returning from Huntsville!

I must admit the announcement was not a complete surprise, having used our captive audience last week as a test bed for the new AsteriskNOW distribution which went very smoothly. If you are looking for a clean ISO with out a lot of extra fluff, this is an excellent option to consider. Although it is still in beta with a few minor known issues that are being addressed, I expect it to come out strong.

The most recent OTTS training was well received and our class was the first to get the revised material focusing on the great FreePBX 2.5 release that went final last month. We also heard much positive feedback about the quality time spent with Mark Spencer, Danny Windham and other Digium Asterisk developers during the week and over dinner. (And I didn't hear any complaints from Tony who was kidnapped by Mark for a birds eye view of Huntsville in Mark's Diamond DA40XLS!)

With their great training facility, the wonderful hospitality everyone received and the overall exceptional experience, how could we not plan on coming back soon. So if you couldn't make it last week, here's your next chance:

January 20th-23rd, 2009, again in Huntsville, AL

If you couldn’t attend this last opportunity or want to be one of the first to come to the next AsteriskNOW/FreePBX training, then sign up early while we are still offering an un-advertised EARLYBIRD discount of $300 until the end of this month.

For now, we hope to see you in Huntsville but it’s time to get back to work. One of our developers has done some nice improvements embedding the audio player into the User Portal (Recording Interface / ARI – no more pop-up!) so we are off to get that into a short lived release candidate for that component so we can get it out to you quickly. If you would like to help accelerate that activity, you can aways "press here":


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