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Old 06-10-2008, 06:12 AM   #1
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Asterisk Info

Hello Everyone, I really dont know where to post this.
I want to install Asterisk on my PC where Ubuntu is already installed.
I understood that Asterisk will wipe out Ubuntu and all my data from the harddisk.
What is Asterisk? A distro like Ubuntu with commandline and gui interface?
Old 06-10-2008, 08:09 AM   #2
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Here's where they seem to live.

Best of luck.
Old 06-10-2008, 10:07 AM   #3
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Thanks for the link.
I still am very confused about the whole picture.
In particular I dont understand the relationship between Asterisk and Wildix (which as far as I know is the gui interface for the Asterisk?!?)
Then, do I need a PC with Linux installed to install Asterisk or Asterisk will be installed on a empty PC and it will work as a normal Linux?
(I will explain it again if I havent made myself clear)
Old 06-10-2008, 10:52 AM   #4
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Asterisk is a program that runs on Linux.. it's in the Debian and Ubuntu repositories so you can install it using aptitude or apt-get

it-etch:~# aptitude search asterisk
p   asterisk                        - Open Source Private Branch Exchange (PBX) 
v   asterisk-1.4                    -                                           
p   asterisk-chan-capi              - Common ISDN API 2.0 implementation for Ast
p   asterisk-config                 - Configuration files for Asterisk          
p   asterisk-h323                   - H.323 protocol support for Asterisk       
p   asterisk-mp3                    - MP3 format support (format_mp3) for the As
p   asterisk-mysql                  - MySQL support for the Asterisk PBX (cdr ma
p   asterisk-oh323                  - H.323 protocol support for Asterisk       
p   asterisk-prompt-de              - German voice prompts for the Asterisk PBX 
p   asterisk-prompt-es              - Spanish prompts for the Asterisk PBX      
p   asterisk-prompt-fr              - French voice prompts for Asterisk              
p   asterisk-prompt-it              - Italian voice prompts for the Asterisk PBX
p   asterisk-prompt-se              - Swedish voice prompts for Asterisk        
p   asterisk-sounds-extra           - Additional sound files for the Asterisk PB
p   asterisk-sounds-main            - Core Sound files for Asterisk (English)   
p   libasterisk-agi-perl            - Collections of Perl modules to be used wit
p   python-asterisk                 - Asterisk Manager API interface module for 
I am unclear why you would want to install asterisk, if you don't even know what it is ...

Asterisk as a switch (PBX)

Asterisk can be configured as the core of an IP or hybrid PBX, switching calls, managing routes, enabling features, and connecting callers with the outside world over IP, analog (POTS), and digital (T1/E1) connections.

Asterisk runs on a wide variety of operating systems including Linux, Mac OS X, OpenBSD, FreeBSD and Sun Solaris and provides all of the features you would expect from a PBX including many advanced features that are often associated with high end (and high cost) proprietary PBXs. Asterisk's architecture is designed for maximum flexibility and supports Voice over IP in many protocols, and can interoperate with almost all standards-based telephony equipment using relatively inexpensive hardware.

Trying to use Wildix without Asterisk installed would be pointless, as there would be nothing for Wildix to manage.

More info

Inexpensive FXO cards for use with Asterisk
Old 06-11-2008, 09:24 AM   #5
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Thanks everyone for the info.


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