Ubuntu Platform

Introducing the GPL Toolkit for FreePBX and Incredible PBX

Introducing the GPL Toolkit for FreePBX and Incredible PBX

Friday, August 17, 2018

1 comment

We’ve been scratching our head for a good way to commemorate Micro$oft’s $7.5 billion purchase of GitHub which has served as the linchpin of the open source development community for many years. We’ll leave it to others and history to judge whether this was a good idea or not. What we came up with was a GPL Toolkit for Incredible PBX 13-13 that makes it child’s play to upgrade FreePBX® GPL modules in our Incredible PBX® 13-13 offerings for CentOS/SL,… Read More ›

The Triple Crown: Google Voice Returns on All Platforms

The Triple Crown: Google Voice Returns on All Platforms

Monday, August 6, 2018

5 comments

If you’ve been enjoying this summer’s wild roller coaster ride on the Google Voice train, then your worst nightmare is almost over… until the next time. What we all hopefully learned from Google’s cavalier sledgehammer-approach to telephony is DON’T DEPEND ON GOOGLE. Enjoy the free ride once again but make some alternative arrangements for the next time Google gets a harebrained idea as stupid as this one. Google’s idea of an "open platform" is proprietary everything even down to the… Read More ›

Setting Up a Google Voice Hosting Platform in the Cloud

Setting Up a Google Voice Hosting Platform in the Cloud

Monday, July 30, 2018

4 comments

Google Voice has some similarities with opioid addiction. Once you get hooked on free calling in the U.S. and Canada, it’s hard to give it up. When Google torpedoed Google Chat and XMPP connectivity to Google Voice, they left millions of users in the lurch. All of those using packaged versions of Asterisk® including VitalPBX, Elastix, Issabel, Wazo, AsteriskNOW®, and FreePBX® Distro woke up to crickets from their Google Voice trunks. The fallback to the Simonics GV-SIP Gateway also failed.… Read More ›

A New Day: Google Voice GVSIP Now Available for FreePBX

A New Day: Google Voice GVSIP Now Available for FreePBX

Saturday, July 14, 2018

30 comments

If you’ve been following along this past month as we rolled out a new SIP-based Google Voice implementation for Asterisk®, then you’ve gotten a first-hand look at how sausage is made. If you prefer free calling in the U.S. and Canada, then it was worth the effort. Today, we put the finishing touches on the new GVSIP-NAF implementation by introducing a version specifically tailored for those using FreePBX®. That, of course, includes the CentOS 6, Ubuntu 18, and Raspbian 8… Read More ›

Happy Days: Google Voice GVSIP No Longer a One Trunk Pony

Happy Days: Google Voice GVSIP No Longer a One Trunk Pony

Monday, July 9, 2018

11 comments

July 20 NEWS FLASH: This article has been superseded. Google now has discontinued support of their XMPP interface to Google Voice so the latest CentOS/SL versions of Incredible PBX 13-13 (including the Incredible PBX ISO) now incorporate NAF’s GVSIP interface to Google Voice. You can read all about it here. What has changed is you now add unlimited Google Voice trunks from the command line by running /root/gvsip-naf/install-gvsip. You can delete trunks by running /root/gvsip-naf/del-trunk. Once one or more trunks… Read More ›

VoIP 101: Developing a Cost-Effective SIP Strategy

VoIP 101: Developing a Cost-Effective SIP Strategy

Monday, June 11, 2018

3 comments

In the lead up to the demise of Google Voice XMPP service next week, we wanted to offer what we have found to be a cost-effective SIP strategy which takes advantage of the best of all worlds. We would divide SIP offerings into five broad categories: business-class unlimited SIP trunks, Old Faithful SIP providers, Mom-and-Pop SIP services, dirt-cheap termination services, and Gee Whiz SIP providers. As we have said many times, the beauty of setting up an Asterisk® PBX such… Read More ›

Summer Surprise: It’s Incredible PBX 13-13 for Ubuntu 18.04

Summer Surprise: It’s Incredible PBX 13-13 for Ubuntu 18.04

Monday, June 4, 2018

9 comments

Our last major Incredible PBX® upgrade on the Ubuntu platform supported Ubuntu 14.04 which was released in April, 2014. We skipped 16.04 because of all the wrinkles it introduced for VoIP deployments: an incompatible PHP upgrade, missing ODBC support, and on and on. Fortunately, all of those issues have been sorted out over the past two years, and two weeks ago we introduced Incredible PBX 13-13 for the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS platform which was released in April. Now we’ve added… Read More ›

Some Fresh CallerID Magic for Incredible PBX 13-13

Some Fresh CallerID Magic for Incredible PBX 13-13

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

1 comment

It’s been more than 10 years since we first introduced CallerID Trifecta for Asterisk® and the FreePBX® platform. A few months later it morphed into CallerID Superfecta and, as they say, the rest is history. Today CallerID Superfecta is used by over a million people around the globe to obtain CallerID Name (CNAM) information from over 70 different lookup sources. WOW! Just call me the Proud Papa. What a journey it has been, and our special thanks to the dozens… Read More ›