Russia Hosts Asterisk Community Get-together and Reseller Event

By David Duffett

Asterisk finds its way into all corners of the world, and downloads are particularly high in Russia – so it was a real pleasure to go there recently to meet folks from the Russian Asterisk community.
Flying into Moscow in the evening, I was met by Alexander Litnitskiy (community member and Digium authorized Asterisk trainer), who kindly took me to a hotel close to the airport.

Me and Alexander in Red Square, in front of the Kremlin

Me and Alexander in Red Square, in front of the Kremlin

Igor (in orange) looks after chan_unistim in Asterisk

Igor looks after chan_unistim in Asterisk.

The next day we found time to have a quick walk around Red Square to see the Kremlin and Saint Basil’s Cathedral before going to a massive communications trade show that covered a bit of everything, including electrical power supplies for comms rooms, fibre optic jointing technologies, IP telephony and Asterisk – and everything in between!
At the trade show, I was pleased to meet Asterisk community member, Igor Goncharovsky from Omsk, who (amongst other things) is the maintainer of chan_unistim!

I was also able to meet Asterisk community member, Viktor Kononenko, who had recently been in the official Asterisk Advanced class taught by Alexander Litnitskiy.

Viktor Kononenko (left) and Igor in front of the financial district in Moscow

Victor (left) and Igor in front of the financial district in Moscow

Next, it was time to drive to Dubna (2-4 hours away, depending on traffic!) where the guys from PBXware.ru had organized the first conference devoted to Asterisk in Russia. We arrived in the evening, and had a Community get-together at a great pizza place, where a number of the folks involved in Asterisk joined us.

Some Russian Asterisk people meet at a pizza place the evening before the Dubna conference starts

Some Russian Asterisk people meet at a pizza place the evening before the Dubna conference starts

The conference started the next day, where I was privileged to be the opening speaker. The focus of the session was to give those in the Russian Asterisk community an update about Asterisk 12, including the new PJ SIP channel, the new bridging model and the new ARI (Asterisk RESTful Interface). I also took the opportunity to talk about the emergence of WebRTC and to do a little demo of browser-to-browser communications using the JsSIP softphone served on the mini webserver in Asterisk – all on my RaspberryPi.

English chocolates and my RaspberryPi in the foreground

English chocolates and my RaspberryPi in the foreground

The event was attended by over 70 people, some of whom plan to show up at AstriCon later in the year in Las Vegas! All in all, it was a great event, and I want to give particular thanks to Max and Grig at PBXware.ru for organizing this excellent event, which looks like it will become a regular fixture on the international Asterisk community calendar.

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There Are 3 Comments

  • IgorG says:

    BTW, there is another maintainter in Dubna – Alexander Anikin (chan_ooh323). And I am not related (yet) to chan_skinny, please correct blog post. Hope see you at AstriCon!

  • Grigory says:

    Thank you, David. We hope to see you next year 🙂

  • Thanks for that information Igor. Not sure how ‘chan_skinny’ ended up in there, but it’s gone now 🙂
    Yes, hope to see you in AstriCon in Las Vegas!

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David Duffett

David works with the Worldwide Asterisk Community for Digium, and is an Asterisk enthusiast in addition to being a Chartered Engineer, globally experienced trainer and public speaker. His experience includes Air Traffic Control communications, Wireless Local Loop, Mobile Networks, Computer Telephony, Voice over IP and Asterisk specifically. In addition to many web articles, David's publications include Asterisk 1.4: The Professional's Guide (Packt, co-author) and the contribution of a chapter (on Internationalisation) to Asterisk: The Definitive Guide (O'Reilly). David is editorially responsible for AstriCon (THE annual global Asterisk event) where he also introduced the 'Fastest Dude to the Dialtone' contest some years ago. He is a frequent speaker at AsterConference Asia (David has also MC'd at this event), IT Expo (East and West) and a number of corporate events. He has also spoken at numerous other conferences - VoIP Developer, Speech World, CT Expo and UC Expo to name a few.

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