Brian Capouch

Dept. of Computer Science, Saint Joseph's College

Asterisk - Open-Source VoIP PBX
28 minutes, 13.3mb, recorded 2005-08-04
Brian Capouch
Asterisk is the open source Voice-over-IP solution that everyone's talking about. At OSCON 2005 Scott Mace talked to Brian Capouch, the author of the forthcoming Addison-Wesley book about Asterisk. Capouch discusses why Asterisk is spreading like wildfire, has hooks for video and presence extensions and why Skype is "evil incarnate." VoIP is a disruptive technology and can be integrated with other systems such a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) to make them more efficient.

Asterisk has wide support for a wide array of technologies and is much more flexible than normal telephony systems. People are using as a platform to build different solutions such as security and monitoring systems as well as conferencing systems. The conversation also touches on potential cost savings of using Asterisk, the learning curve, regulatory issues, integration with other open source software such as Sugar CRM, interactive voice response applications, scalability, compatibility with various IP phones, and a controversial twist in the GPL license for Asterisk.

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Brian Capouch is an assistant professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science at Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana. Saint Joseph's was the first "small entity" in the world with an always-on Internet connection, beginning in 1988. He owns and operates a small wireless ISP that covers approximately 500 square miles in Northern Indiana. His current work involves using VoIP to provide telephony services to his wireless customers, and he is writing a book about Asterisk, the Open Source Telephony Server. He is also involved in the restoration of a half-block of buildings constructed in the mid-1800s in Medaryville, Indiana.


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