Asterisk installation help files

Asterisk install guide
Before You Install
Consult the planning and dimensioning checklist if you are interested running a larger PBX system, and you are concerned about hardware and software capabilities.
Operating systems: Asterisk runs best on Linux systems, but there has been a lot of work done by members of the project to port Asterisk to BSD environments, including FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and Mac OS X. The zaptel drivers and ISDN channel drivers are not supported on these platforms, however. See Asterisk Operating Systems for notes specific to each operating system.
An alternative to the process described on this page is to use
Asterisk Install CDROM
Asterisk Bootable CDROM

Quickstart guides

Read the 10-minute Guide to Asterisk if you want brief notes for getting Asterisk going. Otherwise, read on.
Read the Asterisk Step-by-step Installation for a walkthrough from installing Linux to making your first phone call.
Asteriskguru installation guides:
Debian Quick Start Guide to compiling from source By Zray Technologies:

You do not need need any special hardware to install and run Asterisk. A soundcard is not required.
You will need the following packages installed before compiling Asterisk:
kernel sources
kernel headers
bison (needed for parsing expressions in extensions.conf)
openssl and openssl-dev or libssl-dev
libnewt: needed for the astman manager interface. Asterisk will compile without it, but you won't get the astman program, which is a separate binary.
You no longer need the readline and readline-devel packages for Asterisk. Asterisk comes with its own readline implementation called "editline".
If you wish to use any of the mysql addons add mysql, mysql_devel & mysql server to the list
If you plan to use a Digium interface card with Asterisk, you will need to install the Zaptel kernel module device driver for your card before you can use it with Asterisk. But you might like to download and install Asterisk first — you can use a SIP or IAX phone for testing — and add support for your Digium card afterwards.
Zaptel Installation Instructions

Check Asterisk Operating Systems for notes specific to your operating system.
Download Asterisk
Compile Asterisk
Configure Asterisk
Start Asterisk

The Asterisk timer
timer sources: required for MeetMe (conferencing) and IAX2 trunking

Preparing for third party tools
Please check the third party tools section of the intro page for details on

music-on-hold: the mpg123 issue
voicemail: requires sendmail for notification messages
call detail recording: Asterisk can store them into CSV files, PostgreSQL or into SQLite. Get asterisk_addons from CVS for storing CDR data in MySQL instead.
reading .conf files from DB: Asterisk comes with limited MySQL/ODBC support for databases when reading extensions.conf, sip.conf or voicemail.conf.
odbc: for storing and retrieving data from DBs other than MySQL
speex codec: requires an extra library installation
text-to-speech synthesis: Festival or Flite
speech recognition: Sphinx integration

Created by: netexperts, Last modification: Fri 14 of Sep, 2012 (19:13 UTC) by admin
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