IMHO ASterisk developers should make every effort to prevent the Asterisk user and administrator from having to be root/superuser on the host system.
Just like Oracle and so many other software packages, the root permissions should only be needed for installing the software, not for day-to-day operations.
I take this opportunity to congratulate and thank all developers and people involved. Asterisk really fills a need and with it, you folks got more than a hit: it was a grand slam.
-Ramon F Herrera