[Asterisk-Users] Re: New to asterisk? RUN... don't walk.
Stephen R. Besch
sbesch at acsu.buffalo.edu
Wed Dec 31 15:42:29 MST 2003
> As a newcomer to Asterisk, you will not be welcomed
> with open arms. First, you will find almost no
> documentation on it's features. Second, if you try to
> ask questions, you will be flamed and pointed to
> worthless how-tos and 'the wiki'. These worthless
> documents can only be useful for explaining how things
> work to those already in-the-know. Lastly, Asterisk
> is so bug ridden, expect frequent segmentation faults.
> With a community so 'anti-n00b', don't expect your
> problems to be fixed anytime soon.
> RUN!!! Don't walk... away from Aterisk.
0) Was a Newbie
1) Had no (or little) Linux experience.
2) Found * with Google
6) Installed and got * running
7) Read, Read, Read
8) Bought, installed, set up channel bank
9) Asked my first real question of the list - was happy with reply
10) Read, Read, Read
11) Bought, installed, set up 20 SIP Phones
12) Read, Read, Read
13) Very happy with result.
Is there a message here? I'm not brilliant, not a linux/asterisk guru.
Just patient, determined and willing to try a lot of stuff so that I
know what to ask and when. Do I have any advice? Yes: Read, Read, Read.
It really does work - and by the way, so does asterisk. Since July of
this year I have never had a seg fault, never had asterisk freeze or
crash, and since I've gone fully online in September, there has not been
a single problem related to asterisk. And while the documentation is,
well, scattered, it is nevertheless out there. And, for what it's
worth, if you ask a question about the more arcane, poorly documented
stuff, no matter how dumb (well, almost), you will never get flamed.
Finally, I rather prefer taking a few lumps from the * community than
having the experience I had with our local Cisco people, who took so
long to call back with information about their products (which when it
finally arrived, was wrong anyway - I found the correct information on
the * list!), that in the meantime I had discovered *, bought my
hardware and set up a functioning system.
So - Shutup, take your lumps and do your homework.
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