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.