FreePBX is for both developers and people searching for a Business Phone System (or a really fancy home one). If you are new to FreePBX, Asterisk® or FreeSWITCH, welcome. If you are a developer, welcome back!
FreePBX is an easy to use GUI (graphical user interface) that controls and manages Asterisk, the world's most popular open source telephony engine software.
FreePBX has been developed and hardened by thousands of volunteers over tens of thousands man hours. FreePBX has been downloaded over 5,000,000 times and estimates over 500,000 active phone systems. If you don't know about FreePBX, you are probably paying too much for your phone system.
The v3 code is in pretty good shape as Darren pointed out in his blog last week. There are a handful of bugs that are being worked but what's a few bugs... and there is an upgrade capability in v3 to update the code, a precursor to its future "Module Admin" capability. For now the biggest delay is simply getting the ISO processes built so we can get some ISOs out to you.
Since v3 will run both Asterisk and FreeSWITCH we will have two ISOs initially, at least until we can get fancy to allow Asterisk or FreeSWITCH to be chosen during ISO install time. We seem to be in good shape on the Asterisk front. Bryan (GameGamer43) with Schmoozecom.com has offered to leverage their ISO process used for their robust commercial products and put together a CentOS 5 based ISO since they have all the required Asterisk RPMs build and readily available to generate one.
We are a little lacking on the FreeSWITCH front though. No one has stepped up to offer help in generating the FreeSWITCH RPM for the ISO. Talking with the great folks over in "FreeSWITCH Land" they do have a spec file that should build the required RPMs but we are looking for someone who is willing to do that so that we can get them over to Bryan to spin up the FreeSWITCH version of the v3 ISO. If you would like to help move things along, please let us know or even better, send us the RPMs!. (PM me if this is something you would be willing to help with!) We'll get it to the FreeSWITCH team as well so that they can make it available to anyone.