[asterisk-users] Best Current Release for Long Term Use

Jimmy Ezell jezell at hmhca.com
Thu May 28 12:49:04 CDT 2009

It has been suggested that I should do my Asterisk tutorial
using newer software,  OK.  
I hope this is not opening a big can of worms, as I am sure there are a
lot of different opinions about this, but:
For a low/no growth company looking for a long term, low maintance,
basic phone system (Calls, Hold, Transfer, Park, Conference), what is
the best stable release of Asterisk to use?
Even worse question to ask, what is the best Linux ditro to run Asterisk

Jimmy Ezell


	From: asterisk-users-bounces at lists.digium.com
[mailto:asterisk-users-bounces at lists.digium.com] On Behalf Of Jonathan
	Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 4:33 PM
	To: asterisk-users at lists.digium.com
	Subject: Re: [asterisk-users] Step-by-Step Asterisk and MeetMe
	From the front page ( http://wiki.centos.org/FrontPage ):
	"What is CentOS? 
	CentOS is an Enterprise Linux distribution based on the freely
available sources from Red Hat Enterprise Linux
<ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/> . Each CentOS
version is supported for 7 years (by means of security updates). A new
CentOS version is released every 2 years and each CentOS version is
regularly updated (every 6 months) to support newer hardware. This
results in a secure, low-maintenance, reliable, predictable and
reproducible Linux environment."
	CentOS 4 ( http://wiki.centos.org/FAQ/CentOS4 ):
	"We intend to support CentOS-4 updates until Feb 29, 2012"
	CentOS 5 ( http://wiki.centos.org/FAQ/CentOS5 ):
	"We intend to support CentOS 5 until Mar 31st, 2014"
	So if you don't want major upgrades for a while you might want
to go with the latest version.  To put it into Microsoft terms...  the
minor version is like a service pack.  So CentOS 4.7 is really a base
lined version 4, service pack 7.  You get the new features in major
releases (like there are no more "smp" kernels in 5 to deal with)
	On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 2:36 PM, Jimmy Ezell <jezell at hmhca.com>

		>On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 01:07:25PM -0700, Jimmy Ezell
		>> multi-processor machine  ( I had to remember to
specify smp
		>for the kernel)
		>I repeat: why bother with such an old system? Really?
		>Recall the comment from the book. That book had nothing
really specific
		>to Centos 4. Why do you shoot yourself in the foot by
		>installing Centos4
		>(not to mention Zaptel)
		>               Tzafrir Cohen
		Tzafrir thanks for the comments.  I am not done playing
with this and in the end I may well use newer software as you suggest.
		According to wikipedia CentOS 4.7 was released OCT. 2008
(7 months ago) is that really consider that old?  I am looking to setup
a phone system that I would hope would not require any major software
upgrades for many years.
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