[needs-packaging] FreePBX - web interface for Asterisk administration

Bug #287864 reported by Tree MendUs on 2008-10-23
This bug affects 6 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Fix Released
Nominated for Jaunty by Siva

Bug Description


FreePBX is a full-featured PBX web application. FreePBX is a web interface that simplifies Asterisk, to enable "built in" programming, and to plug a phone into it and make it work without editing configuration files, writing dialplans, and various messing about.

FreePBX makes this somple by giving you pre-programmed functionality accessible by a user-friendly web interfaces that allows you to have a fully functional PBX pretty much straight away with no programming required. Some of the features that FreePBX supports out of the box are:

    * Unlimited number of Voicemail boxes
    * "Follow Me" functionality
    * Ring Groups with calls confirmation (so if, eg, a cellphone is out of range and diverts to voicemail, all the other phones keep ringing)
    * Unlimited number of Conferences (limited by available CPU power - about 300 simultaneous users in conferences on a P4 3ghz - 600 with a dual core!)
    * Paging and Intercom functionality for man SIP phones that support it.
    * Music on Hold (via MP3s, or streamed off the internet)
    * Call Queues
    * And many other features

FreePBX is the most widely deployed Asterisk based PBX application with over 3 million direct and indirect downloads. It transforms your LAMPA stack into a powerful PBX. See http://www.freepbx.org for Forums, Docs, Bug Tracker, Project Site and more.

FreePBX also has a range of plugins.
FreePBX is one stand-alone part of "The FreePBX Project".

License: Free GPL
Atengo commits that FreePBX will always be Free - Free as in Freedom, not just Free as in Beer. "Free as in Beer" means you don't have to pay anything, but you can't see the code, change the code, store the code. "Free as in Freedom" means that you can. Remember that PBX lifespans are usually 10 years when you consider using non-Free code or services.
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GPL statement - see http://www.freepbx.org/copyright-trademark-and-intellectual-property-policy

Brian Murray (brian-murray) wrote :

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This bug is tagged needs-packaging which identifies it as a request for a new package in Ubuntu. As a part of the managing needs-packaging bug reports specification, https://wiki.ubuntu.com/QATeam/Specs/NeedsPackagingBugs, all needs-packaging bug reports have Wishlist importance. Subsequently, I'm setting this bug's status to Wishlist.

Changed in debian:
status: Unknown → New
Alan Lord (theopensourcerer) wrote :

I'd like to see this too.

JT (spikyjt) wrote :

I'd love to see this. Looks like no one has stepped up - yet. I'd like to have a go at packaging it. I have good experience of both building packages and installing FreePBX with Asterisk. I don't have any familiarity with Ubuntu/Debian packaging standards however, as I have only built packages for my own network so far. Anyone care to mentor me through the process?

Duda Nogueira (dudanogueira) wrote :

This would be very good for being able to install asterisk + dahdi + freepbx easily

Right now, I can install asterisk packages and some other deps with no problems.

asteriks seems to work fine. But after installing freepbx, following some known steps, everything works, but only before a reboot.

If I do reboot, I am locked out of asterisk manager, so can't run asterisk -vvvvvvvvvvvr, acessing the asterisk manager (similar to what freepbx needs to interact with asterisk)

Checked everyhitng. It complains about not being able to check on /var/run/asterisk/asterisk.ctl, and ask me if it does exist. But the truth is that it exists, and is acessible by asterisk user.

Considering this, I think packaging freepbx will be a pain. Also, on the freepbx website, doesn't have a lot of good info about installing the app on newer versions of ubuntu.

Duda Nogueira (dudanogueira) wrote :

Oh, almost forgot.

I have done some work on script for installing Asterisk and Freepbx right here: http://wiki.ubuntu.com/AsteriskOnUbuntu/Current

Not sure if it's working at this very moment.

The situation above is using the referred deps on the script + asterisk ubuntu packages and downloaded version of freepbx

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in ubuntu:
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in debian:
status: New → Fix Released
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