Training and Beta Program Update

If you follow our blog then you know we are actively preparing for the Open Telephony Training Seminar next month and are also several weeks into the ongoing FreePBX 2.4 beta program. It is time to give you an update on how these two central activities are progressing and make sure you don’t miss out on some of the great discounts that are soon to come to an end.


Open Telephony Training Seminar

If you hadn’t already seen our announcement, you can read it here or get more details by clicking on:

Open Telephony Training Seminar

There have been some great discounts available but all good things must come to an end! Was procrastination on your New Years resolutions list (as in stopping)? If so it’s time to make good on your commitment if you plan on attending. The current $600 training discount will end on Friday, January 18TH so if you want to take advantage of this rate, register now! Also, our discounted rate with the hotel expires a few days after that.


2.4 Beta Program

We’ve now been in beta for 5 weeks and the results look promising. The feedback is very positive and would normally lead us to release candidate stage (rc1). However, although we have seen more than 500 beta sites, it’s still not quite the numbers we like to have to make the decision to move to rc1. We need either more time, or more testers and we prefer the latter so if you have not yet loaded it, go find a spare system and help us test! (VMware machines work well also.)

If you like to live on the edge with Asterisk, we’ve applied several patches in 2.4 to enable it to run on Asterisk 1.6, otherwise known as their SVN trunk. One of our developers, pnlarsson, has been busy on the bleeding edge (as he was with 1.4) proving Uncle Ward right in his Some Asterisk Resolutions for the New Years blog post about the constant changes they are making. And the really cool thing is 2.4 continues the legacy that 2.3 started – you can run Asterisk 1.2, 1.4 and now 1.6 on it – and all the compatibility magic is done for you!

In order to help spice up some possible interest, we just checked in some additions that we’ve been toying with for some time. If you’ve ever played with DUNDi on a FreePBX based system then you know it can be done but requires more comfort and expertise then many of you may have to customize the dialplan. Well, we just added DUNDi to the outbound trunks which should take the barrier of entry down one notch. You must still setup dundi.conf based on the layout of your DUNDi cluster but once you’ve done that you should be able to do everything else in FreePBX! And the setup is easier then you might think!

If you have been playing with 2.4 you may be familiar with the new extension registry that helps keep your system clean from duplicate numbering conflicts. If you haven’t seen this, just try creating a Ring Group with the same number as an Extension and see what happens. Now consider a branch office DUNDi cluster with this new mechanism, wouldn’t it be nice to see the same level of integrity applied across your branch office cluster? Come to the training and see how to take FreePBX to this next level, as just one example of the many advanced tools you will get in your “bag of tricks” with us! And that’s just a glimpse of what we will provide to enhance your existing knowledge or augment previous basic training you may have received. You won’t get this anywhere else!

Now go out there and help us move towards a final release with all the great new stuff in FreePBX 2.4! And if you are thinking about the training seminar, don’t procrastinate and take advantage of the great savings going on right now.

Philippe – on behalf of the FreePBX Team!

5 thoughts on “Training and Beta Program Update

  1. Considering our various locations and schedules, which remains an obstacle even if we are desperately in need of attending, is there an alternative way that the same training could be delivered to registered members online? Some kind of interactive class or something similar. i know that there is no comparison between physical presence in a classroom setup and online training, but it gives us the opportunity to attend and the convenience, and most importantly we can progress at our own pace. And of course at a price per course or the whole package.
  2. I don’t think there is any way you can get the “same training” online, which is not to discount online training opportunities. At this point, our focus is 100% on the current training and delivery mechanism. Once we get this series going we can investigate the broadening of our training curriculum to see what type of markets exist.

    If you are really “desperately in need of training,” then it would be worth trying to juggle your priorities and find a way to raise attendance to this event above the cut-line.

  3. I would be very interested in the Sales and Marketing portion of the training. Any possibility of getting hardcopy/video of that portion?

    Would you consider having another training session out West. Canada/Pacific Northwest or maybe Vegas or LA?

  4. Our focus right now is Charleston which is going to be an great training given the great talent that is going to be there when I look at the experience of many of the attendees as well as some of the other people who are helping out and will be there as well. Once we get through that, we will look at where to go next. Or – if we sell out in advance for this training (which is looking highly likely) then we will think about the next stop a bit sooner.
  5. I have selfish reasons but I would think you could make a lot more money if you were to tape portions of the training (such as sales and marketing) and selling the video. Not that you are just out to make a buck but just sayin.

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