Asterisk Dev Team Releases Binary Packages

By Steve Sokol

Compile no more my friends, for binary packages are here!  Yesterday (March 28, 2011) the Asterisk development team opened the doors on a new package repository for users of Debian and Ubuntu, two of the most popular Linux distributions.  Those repos complement the existing RedHat Enterprise Linux / CentOS Linux repositories that Digium has maintained for the past several years.  As of now you can quickly and easily install and maintain Asterisk using apt (Ubuntu/Debian) or yum (RHEL/CentOS) package management utilities.

“Why would I want binary packages?” you may ask.  Well, because they make your life much simpler.  Installation tools like apt and yum take care of finding and installing dependencies and allow you to update (or even upgrade) your system with a single command.  You can install add-on packages and optional modules in seconds.  Do more, work less!

To find out how you can save time, make more money and look better with binary packages, check out the detailed instructions on the Asterisk.org wiki.

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Steve Sokol

Steven Sokol is co-founder and product lead for Respoke, Digium's real-time communications (WebRTC) platform and continues to serve as the director of strategic programs at Digium (aka entrepreneur in residence), identifying and capitalizing on emerging technologies.. He has previously served as the Asterisk marketing director and as a product manager. He joined Digium in the summer of 2007 when his startup was acquired. Steve co-founded both AstriCon, the annual Asterisk user conference, and the Asterisk Bootcamp training program. He lives in Kansas City.

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