Starfish PBX Goes Public


Starfish PBX takes the very popular Asterisk telephony platform and adds an open source, fully functional web management interface. Asterisk allows you to be your own private branch exchange; think of it as your own telephone company. You can setup extensions in your home or office, configure an intercom system, implement a hold system with music, manage voice mail, and integrate Voice over Internet Protocol. Starfish PBX, available in alpha release today, aims to make Asterisk available to a wider user base by simplifying the interface used to setup and maintain the system.

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23 thoughts on “Starfish PBX Goes Public

  1. jason, how do you qualify the ‘asterisk is garbage’ statement. I run asterisk (via elastix) as the base of the telecom system of a $100M company with 30 systems with a few hundred sip calls in flight between locations in private trunks and out to/from customers with vitelity(primarily). Asterisk has been a solid performer for me.

    I have been pretty interested in something like freeswitch i do admit. Not so interested in yate, seen to many complaints about lack of maturity in the code but freeswitch is basically an asterisk guy that is doing what asterisk should do for version 2.x of asterisk. Like to see a real product come out of freeswitch rather than a ‘project’ though.

    I am not sure what this starfish is offering that elastix or freepbx doesnt?(trixbox is purposely absent as their quality has plummeted rescently).

    Anyway, ill check out the site if it ever comes back up but with a casual interest.

  2. “think of it as your own telephone company”

    How can you qualify that statement? Does it have it’s own SS7 direct access, access to routing tables and other assorted things that cost even the smallest LLU/CLEC’s millions each year? That’s a rather sweeping disapointint statement even from you Hackaday

  3. I have been looking for something similiar to this for a while now. I have been interested in this type of solution for a long time. But what hardware is required for the server? CPU,RAM etc is not what i mean but rather: Can i use this with a PCI modem or does it require some sophisticated HW solution?

  4. So starfish is a “mee-too” doing exactly what Freepbx and Trixbox does?

    Can someone tell me how this is any different than the several easy to install and maintain versions of asterisk out there?

    Also to the guy that says asterisk cant handle volume, you never tried it. I had an asterisk system 5 years ago handling 10,000 calls an hour at a call center.

  5. neckbeard: ss7 can be had in asterisk. also routing table are very well supported in asterisk. before you go slamming it because it is open source and other asterisk projects are a h*ll of a lot cheaper than mainstream systems. People are just afraid of it because of the cost of lack of knowledge on the product.

  6. This is fine but I dont see what this does that elastix or vanilla freepbx doesnt do better.

    I am reserving any excitement for new OSS PBX stuff until freepbx3 goes stable. Choice of asterisk or freeswitch, slick new interface (there is a beta you can demo).

    asterisk is great but freeswitch has a ton of promise. I think that freeswitch is arguably more stable than asterisk now and just seems to be getting better and better and a brisk pace.

  7. I got to the website just fine. checked out some screenies. not sure why they only have a deb package though. I think the centos/rh kernel is tuned more appropriately for voip ootb.

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