A: No. Both projects have been distributed under the GPL license since their inception. None of that code can ever be taken out of that license and closed up. They will always be available for anyone to use, for free.
Will the project leads for Asterisk and FreePBX change?
Will the distributor model for Asterisk or FreePBX change?
A: No. Developers who want to use Asterisk as a toolkit will continue to be able to download a tarball directly from the Asterisk website and downloads site. Users who want something a little more high-level, with helpful admin and user tools, or who want a PBX, will still be able to download the FreePBX distribution.
Will Asterisk become RPMs only?
A: No. Asterisk will continue to be able to be downloaded as a tarball, direct from the Asterisk website and downloads site.
Will Asterisk become an ISO only?
A: No. Asterisk’s long-term strategy is to increase its usefulness as a toolkit for building communications solutions. Distributing it only as an ISO runs counter to this strategy. Therefore, Asterisk will continue to be able to be downloaded as a tarball, direct from the Asterisk website and downloads site.
A: AsteriskNOW will be folded into the existing FreePBX Distro, which will continue to benefit from the resources of the combined company by ensuring that users have a stable, go to distribution for their needs. However, we understand that not everyone uses the distro and Asterisk/FreePBX will continue to be available in tarball form for people to install in their distribution of choice. Existing users of AsteriskNOW can continue to use and upgrade it.
What are the Asterisk commercial licensing implications? Does the license survive the deal?
A: All commercial license agreements maintain their existing terms. Existing licenses are not terminated upon this merger and are assigned to the new company.
A: Yes. Allison Smith has been the voice of Asterisk and FreePBX users for the better part of two decades. You will still be able to get wonderful prompts from her for your IVR needs since both Sangoma and Digium offer purchasing of those prompts already.
Q: If I want to engage with the Asterisk and FreePBX communities, where do I go?
A: The various entry points for users into the ecosystem are designed to best-serve the types of users entering via those means. Users with questions about Asterisk should continue to use the Asterisk Community Forums (community.asterisk.org). Users with questions about FreePBX should continue to use the FreePBX Community Forums (community.freepbx.org). Issue reports should continue to be made at the respective issue trackers: issues.asterisk.org and and issues.freepbx.org. Users who prefer mailing lists can use the Asterisk mailing lists and users who prefer IRC can use the #asterisk or #freepbx IRC channels. Some of this may change in the future, but until that happens, please communicate the same way you do today.
Q: How did Digium and Sangoma end up together after such a long period of competition?
A: Having Having collaborated together for years for the good of open source communications, the combined Sangoma and Digium organization will have greater financial and competitive strength to meet market challenges. This is a consolidation of the major players in the Asterisk-related ecosystem - who can now work together fully instead of competing against each other.
Q: Will Astricon still exist? Is Astricon still happening this year?
A: Yes Yes. Astricon is still happening in Orlando, FL from October 9-11, 2018. We hope to see you there! Register Now!
Q: Is there any impact to trademark licensing?
A: No No. Existing trademark license agreements survive this announcement.
Q: Where should I go for questions about commercial products?
A: Contact Contact your Sangoma and Digium account managers.