New Releases of Both Asterisk and FreePBX Software Announced
AstriCon, ORLANDO, Fla., October 9, 2018 – Sangoma Technologies Corporation (TSX VENTURE: STC), a trusted leader in value-based Unified Communications (UC) and UC as a Service (UCaaS) solutions and the world’s largest provider of open source communications solutions, today at the annual AstriCon users and developers conference, announced Asterisk 16 and FreePBX 15, the next major releases of the world’s two most popular open source communications projects.
“On behalf of all the employees of Sangoma and Digium, I would like to welcome the global community of open source communication developers to AstriCon,” said Bill Wignall, President and CEO of Sangoma. “It is clearly the premier event in the world today for this part of our industry, with attendance approaching 1,000 people, dozens of speaking sessions from amongst hundreds of submitted abstracts, and a full exhibitor floor. I’m very excited about this year’s event, and as we work hard at bringing our two companies together, I’d like to take this opportunity to assure the community of our commitment to these critical open source projects that mean so much to the communications world. I hope that today’s major releases of both Asterisk 16 and FreePBX 15 demonstrate that we are already actively delivering even more innovation that will further enhance the missions of the two projects and their value to the communities.”
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With Sangoma now the primary developer and sponsor of the world’s two most widely used open source communication software programs (Asterisk and FreePBX), I find myself working for the largest open source communications company in the world! And with AstriCon
two weeks away, this is a good time to reflect on that journey.
I’m not sure I saw this coming, especially coming from the UNIX System V world where I saw Linux totally supplant what we had built there. And when I went to Dialogic from that world, I latched onto Linux drivers immediately for my products. This had the effect of showing me both sides of the disruption in the UNIX/Linux atmosphere. Ultimately Linux ended up being better for the customers, and the industry, and it’s now in more places than UNIX could have ever imagined.
Here at Sangoma, with Asterisk and FreePBX, the disruption caused by those products is somewhat mature. It has changed the industry, but there is still more to do. Voice obviously isn’t as central to enterprise communications as it used to be, but it is still important. And Asterisk is still an open source communications platform, so it is still there for creative minded people to build on. This has led to our growth as a company, and will be part of our continued growth.
Now that Sangoma is at the helm of both of these products, we are still getting questions about whether Asterisk and FreePBX will merge. Before I answer that question, I want to make a point that we at Sangoma take the “stewardship” of these open source platforms seriously. We’re not going to do anything rash. Both Asterisk and FreePBX will continue. They serve two different purposes. Asterisk is a development platform for many different kinds of communication solutions. The most widely known of course is a PBX, with FreePBX being an example of a such a PBX. FreePBX is built on Asterisk, so they don’t compete at all. They are complementary and have always been complementary.
Yes, developer teams can share ideas and new features as applicable given a PBX is an important result of Asterisk, but that doesn’t mean they’ll merge.
Join Sangoma at AstriCon to hear more about it!