You have been using it to create a PABX. I think it has been considered a toolkit for as long as I’ve been involved, which is over a decade. Certainly the rule that features will not be accepted without code to implement them is, at least, that old.
Well I knew it changed at some point but I didn’t realize it was that long ago.
It’s apparent that some people like frameworks better than toolkits.
PABX is a new one that has also crept in somewhere recently.
Most of my learning on Asterisk was between 2004-2005 when I hit it hard.
I’m now hitting it again for the next ride into the future.
And just for entertainment:
FEB 2004: Asterisk is a complete PBX in software. It runs on Linux and provides all of the features you would expect from a PBX and more
MAR 2006: Asterisk is a complete PBX in software. It runs on Linux, BSD and MacOSX and provides all of the features you would expect from a PBX and more.
OCT 2007: Asterisk is the world’s leading open source telephony engine and tool kit.
FEB 2009: Asterisk is the world’s leading open source PBXi, telephony engine, and telephony applications toolkit
JAN 2010: Asterisk is software that turns an ordinary computer into a voice communications server. Asterisk is the world’s most powerful and popular telephony development tool-kit.
DEC 2011: Asterisk is software that turns an ordinary computer into a communications server. Asterisk powers IP PBX systems
DEC 2012: Asterisk is a free and open source framework for building communications applications and is sponsored by Digium
JUL 2019: Asterisk is a free and open source framework for building communications applications and is sponsored by Digium
DEC 2020: Asterisk is a free and open source framework for building communications applications and is sponsored by Sangoma
Asterisk is and always has been a PBX in the same way that box of Legos under the Xmas tree is a Millennium Falcon.
It can also be a thousand other things to a thousand other kids.
See 2004 and 2006 above.
“It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.”
Bill Clinton, 1998-08-17
Anyhow I’m back at it.
It’s far more important to me that I figure out how to make it work than argue over the fact that it used to be called a PBX although I find that rather enjoyable but oddly unproductive.
Will be happy to share when I get it working.
I’m sure a lot of Polycom users out here would like the ability
to be able to simply choose the “Intercom” button on the phone and be able to place a Polycom
Intercom call that way from the phone itself and not having to dial a different extension number
where the PBX inserts the header.
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