[sf-lug] invitation for the next SF-LUG meeting

jim stockford jim at well.com
Tue Sep 19 13:57:23 PDT 2006

    I think that sounds terrifically interesting. I don't
have a clue myself, but would love to witness
configuration and/or demo.
    If I can help prepare, let me know--I can carry
things without dropping them, push cards into
sockets, screw screws....

On Sep 19, 2006, at 9:52 AM, Sameer Verma wrote:

> jim stockford wrote:
>> [snipped...]   As to the topic, I don't see VoIP as having much to
>> offer--I have it and use it. Got it from SpeakEasy, paid
>> money, they sent a box. I plugged the VoIP box into
>> the DSL box, plugged the phone into the VoIP box,
>> and voila--i can call France for $0.08 per minute,
>> long as I make the monthly (about $30) payments.
>>    I.e. VoIP seems not to present user issues of much
>> interest. There's no Linux component per se. I'd love
>> to hear different.
> VoIP and Linux go hand in hand really well. Of course, the topic will
> not include the likes of Vonage as those are consumer services. I have
> no idea what they use in the back. For VoIP, I would look along the
> lines of building an Asterisk PBX server (http://www.asterisk.org/) for
> personal/small business use. Two projects come to mind.
> 1) Trixbox [http://www.trixbox.org/]: A CentOS based VoIP PBX that will
> work with hardware such as the TDM400P
> (http://www.digium.com/en/products/hardware/tdm400p.php)...I happen to
> have one :-)
> 2) AstLinux [http://www.astlinux.org/]: A small (32MB) Linux-based VoIP
> distro that can run off a CD or a CF Card. Has a web-based interface 
> and
> can do IP to IP calls in a few minutes! The CF card is designed to run
> off of a Soekris box [http://www.soekris.com/net4801.htm], which I can
> arrange for.
> Anyone interested?
>>    Can we also include other topics?
> Absolutely.
>> Maybe how come
>> you use linux? which community efforts appeal? Do
>> you value open source? what are your favorite
>> programs? what's the job market for linux, for open
>> source.... which linux distro(s) do you prefer?
> Excellent questions. We can plan on meeting in a week or two, depending
> on scheduling at SF State. I'll keep the list posted.
> Sameer
> -- 
> Dr. Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
> Associate Professor of Information Systems
> San Francisco State University
> San Francisco CA 94132 USA
> http://verma.sfsu.edu/
> http://opensource.sfsu.edu/

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