[asterisk-users] asterisk distributions

me at tdiehl.org me at tdiehl.org
Thu Mar 1 10:33:12 CST 2012

On Thu, 1 Mar 2012, Ralph Green wrote:

> Howdy,
>  I have tried all of these and a few more.  PBXinaFlash gave me the
> best results, by far.  AsteriskNow produced a basic working system.  I
> could not get any of the others configured to work at all.  I should
> tell you my restrictions.  I was evaluating these distros to see which
> one I could use to teach at a local computer group.  I wanted to do
> very little configuration through the command line, since my goal was
> not just to get a working system, but to have something I could easily
> show others how to setup.  And, I was using real phone hardware.  My
> phone and line were driven from a Digium TDM400.  The AsteriskNow
> system only worked because someone on IRC helped me find a couple of
> obscure setting, but it does work.
> So, it somewhat depends on your needs, but I'd go with PBXinaFlash.
> And, I added the IncrediblePBX package.  It is not perfect.  I am now
> trying to add IAX trunks, and the mysteries involved make that slower
> than I would like.
> Good luck

I too tried PIAF and while it worked, the big problem I had with it and
the reason I dumped it was because a lot of the scripts are compiled and
encrypted. This restricts what you can do with the system without reinventing
what they have already done. It is also possible this has changed as I have
not looked at PIAF in a couple of years. PIAF is also very attractive because
of the addons provided by Nerd Vittles and company. Some of them bolt onto
asteriskNow without much difficulty others not so easily.

I settled on AsteriskNow and have had it running for a couple of years.

It really just depends on what you want to do with the system. If you
do not mind the closed nature of the PIAF custom scripts than that can be
a good choice.

My next adventure is going to be testing the freepbx distro. If looks
like it should be easy to get going and support but I have not tried it.


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