There's a lot going on in the world of the open source Asterisk phone system platform. Just this week all the following things have happened...
Digium (the 'shepherd' of Asterisk as an open source platform) and CounterPath have announced the Bria softphone for Asterisk, a software only phone for working with PC headsets to turn a PC into a phone. The significant pieces are twofold. First, Bria is a very robust and business grade softphone, and second, the softphone is being pre-integrated into Digium Asterisk - so it'll come in the box.
Next up, the Fruits of my Labor blog has posted an article detailing how to set up Asterisk to be a home PBX and get all the fantastic Asterisk functionality on your home phone. There's also a related article on how to install and run Asterisk on a home router - so you don't even need a PC.
Tom Keating in the VoIP and Gadgets blog writes about how Yahoo has deployed Asterisk company-wide and about the challenges the company faced. That's a pretty serious endorsement from a very large and very technologically sophisticated organization.
Finally, Digium is opening its own 'App Store' for Asterisk - very much like the Apple iPhone App store. Unfortunately it isn't likely to have QUITE the same level of success, but it is still a smart and very worthwhile move by Digium.
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