Open source IP telephony got slightly less geeky today with Fonality’s public release of trixbox 2.0. The new version of the free Asterisk-based IP PBX platform is a lot easier to install and use than its predecessor. That should increase its popularity as a foundation for small-business phone systems. But it’s still not likely to steal customers from Fonality’s PBXtra or similar turnkey products.
Trixbox, which Fonality acquired from Digium in October, is itself an attempt to smooth the rough road to open source telephony. Formerly known as Asterisk@Home, trixbox can be downloaded as an ISO image and burned onto a CD. Simply sticking the CD in a new PC with no operating system and pressing the “close” button turns the box into a full-fledged IP PBX in short order. The trixbox package incorporates the Linux OS and the FreePBX GUI-based Asterisk management system, as well as all sorts of other open-source applications.