I run a small company, about to move into our own office. We’ve been looking at out-of-the-box PBX systems from Avaya and Lucent, but the costs seem very high, and consequently have been looking at Asterisk.
We mainly do software development, and deploy to Linux, so my Linux admin skills are fairly strong; I know how to recompile and patch kernels, configure and harden Apache, Postfix etc.
I’ve been reading the documentation on the asterisk site and everything seems fairly straightforward, but I have a few questions before I take the plunge and order some ISDN cards and another PC to install everything on.
We were thinking of getting a 2 ISDN digium card (maybe the Wildcard TE210P) and 2 ISDN lines into the office, with 10 numbers attached (I’m in the UK).
What is the best Linux distro to base the system on? I was thinking of Fedora as it’s the least painful to get up and running in my experience; is this a good idea?
How long would it take a competent Linux admin person (me!) to get a basic system up and running. I’d just want to be able to assign incoming numbers to phones, have a basic group pickup policy, simple voicemail, call forwarding and not much else to start with.
Is there a decent handset that people can recommend? Nothing too flashy, just something that works well and has a number of customisable buttons
What is the stability of Asterisk like?
Thanks in advance!