trixbox CE 2.4

trixbox (formerly known as Asterisk@Home) is a CentOS-based Linux distribution that enables the home user to quickly set up a VoIP Asterisk PBX. A web GUI makes configuration and operation easy. The CD also includes an xPL (home automation) interface for easy interaction with other devices in the home.

trixbox CE 2.4 was recently released and features some major improvements. trixbox CE 2.4 features CentOS 5.1 as the base operating system and Asterisk 1.4 as the engine. These are two major improvements over prior releases.

Fonality’s Kerry Garrison writes, “One problem with trixbox CE 2.x is the lack of hardware support for current systems, especially newer Dell platforms. The vast majority of this has been solved because trixbox CE 2.4 is now based on top of the latest CentOS 5.1 kernel. This now provides support for a much larger number of motherboards, network cards and components such as hardware raid controllers. CentOS 5.1 also has high resolution timers built into the kernel so the need for hardware timers on the PCIbus should no longer be required, this is promised to make systems running in VMware or XEN sessions work much better.”

If you’re an Asterisk fan, you’re probably wondering if it such a good idea for trixbox CE to jump to Asterisk 1.4 from Asterisk 1.2 because Asterisk 1.4 had some speed & stability problems. It’s one of the reasons why trixbox stuck with 1.2 and probably even why Fonality’s PBXtra has kept 1.2 as its core. At least that’s what I remember Chris Lyman telling me awhile back. Well, according to Kerry, the stability issues seem to have been pretty well solved in current versions of Asterisk 1.4.

Download trixbox ISO at here.


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