Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Difference between Asterisk trixbox Elastix AsteriskNow PBX in Flash freepbx

As a Asterisk professional I came across several people asking for the difference between asterisk, trixbox, Elastix, AsteriskNow, PBX in Flash or even FreePBX.
So the answer is there is no difference at all. Each one of these above mentioned software are running the Asterisk as core telephony engine and front end as FreePBX  moreover trixbox and Elastix has modified the look and feel of free open source available freePBX. (http://www.freepbx.org) and has created their own version of front end tool. 
now the question which one is best to use, so the best and trouble free is plain asterisk that you download from asterisk.org and compiled it  as its exactly contains what you need and you don't get unnecessary software packages and binaries like in case of trixbox ce and elastix where you get many un-used packages that you don't even requires in some cases for example MySQL, Apache, extra Sound files and there are many more. 
Moreover my experience with trixbox is, its mainly run several AGI (Asterisk Gateway Interface) scripts that are developed in PERL language and if overloaded it crashes frequently and on main dashboard it also show you wrong indicator of CPU usage and you keep on restarting your server (in case if you are newbie) where actually there is no such issue with CPU load.

To have a survival skills to run asterisk base system you need to be average computer programmer because when you design your dialplan (heart of asterisk). It has its own scripting like language and have computer programming like language constructs (variables, expressions, if -if then else statement, sub-routine) etc.

other then this you also need to be good Linux administrator that can perform basic task as well.
Asterisk is daemon service that run on Linux so to run the service you need to be able to perform operating system maintenance task. 

If you are working for a call center/customer contact center, you must have also RDBMS skills as well to maintain the CDR (Call Detail Report). 

Regards!
Numan Khan
Expert-Voice    
  

8 comments:

  1. good explanation. I like it. http://www.fun-zone.in covers more about it.

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  2. This is not helpful - we already know this. If we were Asterisk programmers/Linux administraters, we wouldn't be reading this article and we wouldn't need Asterisk, Trixbox Elastix, AsteriskNow, PBX in Flash or Freepbx.

    So being that we do need a user friendly build, what is the best. Most stable. Least stable. Best supported. Tradeoffs.

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  3. I do wish there were more options available – not quite satisfied with any of these. Especially since some are no longer available. Saw that Bicom has a Trixbox upgrade option that sounds interesting (http://blog.bicomsystems.com/trixbox)

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  4. @Edward
    This post is intended for beginner and off course not for Asterisk Programmer!

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  5. Hello sir Numan Khan,

    Sir I am Interested to undergo for a training sir,Do you know any training institute that offering cheap price for the training.or someone that is willing to teach me regarding to Asterisk,Elastix..this is my contact number sir +971-561051479

    Thanks sir,
    Rod

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  6. Hello Numam,

    Do you take contract work for FreePBX system, if yes then please provide your contact number to me.

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  7. Hi Br Numan Khan what do you say about IP-PBX from Voipswitch

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