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Adding the Linux XFCE GUI to Incredible PBX 2021
One of the most requested add-ons for Incredible PBX® is a graphical user interface for Linux. And today we’ll show you the quick and easy way to add XFCE 4 to your Debian 10 platform. What it gets you is simple access to a number of Linux applications and utilities which only run inside a GUI. These include the Firefox browser, LibreOffice with Microsoft Office compatibility, ImageMagick, media players, a FileManager GUI, and Linux utilities such as TimeShift and gparted.… Read More ›
Fri, 11 Jun 2021 11:23:07 +0000
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Moving from Incredible PBX 2020 (CentOS) to 2021 (Debian)
If you’re still shackled to CentOS 7 with Incredible PBX 2020, the time has come to put the horse and buggy out to pasture. RedHat has become an unreliable partner upon whom your entire PBX depends. When RedHat abruptly reneged on LTS support for CentOS 8, the writing was on the wall. They could do much the same thing with CentOS 7. Rather than waiting for the other shoe to drop, we introduced Incredible PBX 2021 and migrated to Debian… Read More ›
Wed, 02 Jun 2021 08:51:51 +0000
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Introducing Vultr Marketplace Featuring Incredible PBX 2021
One of our oldest open source supporters, Vultr, introduced their new Vultr Marketplace today featuring one-click installs for dozens of turnkey apps including Incredible PBX 2021. Vultr boasts a whopping 1.3 million users running applications in 17 different locations around the globe. And, today, it’s easier than ever. With the new Incredible PBX 2021 image, a user can choose a location and server size and simply click on the Incredible PBX 2021 application in the Vultr Marketplace instead of wrestling… Read More ›
Tue, 25 May 2021 19:30:57 +0000
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Virtual Paradise: Itís Incredible PBX 2021 for VMware
Today we’re rounding out our Virtual Machine Trifecta with the introduction of Incredible PBX 2021 for VMware. If you haven’t already figured it out, virtual Machines are the future of server administration. Whether you prefer your own dedicated hardware or cloud-based resources managed by you or someone else, virtual platforms are the way to go. You get more bang for the buck out of your hardware by pooling resources for multiple tasks. VMware®, Proxmox®, and VirtualBox® make it easy. This… Read More ›
Mon, 17 May 2021 07:55:00 +0000
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Meet Proxmox: A Virtual Machine Platform for Asterisk
More than a decade ago, we introduced the Proxmox virtual machine platform for Asterisk®. Five years later we took another look. Along the way, there have been a few hiccups. But, by and large, Proxmox has had a loyal following for many years. Today we’re pleased to provide an updated tutorial to deploy Proxmox 6.3 with Incredible PBX®. Yes, we know Proxmox 6.4 was released yesterday, but we haven’t had a chance to test it. And, we had a terrific… Read More ›
Sat, 01 May 2021 16:48:10 +0000
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Housekeeping 101: Managing Your Asterisk Backups and Logs
If you’re one of those that likes planting shrubbery but ignores maintenance thereafter, then today’s column is for you. Linux servers and Asterisk® PBXs need some regular attention. If you don’t invest a little time in the backup and log purging tasks, sooner or later you’ll regret it when disaster strikes. With Incredible PBX® 2020 and 2021 servers, you only have yourself to blame if you don’t make regular backups and move them off site. Simply run /root/incrediblebackup2020 and move… Read More ›
Mon, 26 Apr 2021 02:00:34 +0000
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DEAL OF THE DAY: OBi2182 Color WiFi Phones now $59.99
These won’t last long but, if you still have some Google Voice numbers lying around unused and you live in the United States, you’d better jump on this one. Amazon is selling the OBi2182 phones with Google Voice, WiFi and power adapter for $59.99. Here’s the link. We were big fans of OBiHai once upon a time. But then they sold out to Polycom. And they subsequently sold out to Plantronics. And support has gone from bad to worse along… Read More ›
Sat, 10 Apr 2021 14:43:09 +0000
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Taming the Condo Call Box with a Raspberry Pi & Asterisk
If you live in an apartment complex or condominium with a call box to let visitors gain door access by calling your apartment, then today’s column is for you. The way almost all of these call boxes work is the management company programs your name, phone number, and apartment number into the call box after which a visitor can look up your name or enter your apartment number and the call box will call you. When you answer the call… Read More ›
Mon, 05 Apr 2021 02:00:01 +0000
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One-Minute Wonder: Itís Incredible PBX 2021 for VirtualBox
If you’re new to the VoIP world and want to kick the tires to see what you’re missing, then today’s one minute setup is for you. You’ll get a $10 credit to try out some penny-a-minute calls and to purchase a $1 a month phone number in your choice of area codes. If you decide VoIP is not for you, you don’t have to buy anything ever. And you can use almost any desktop computer you already own to bring… Read More ›
Sun, 28 Mar 2021 12:32:44 +0000
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SPAM Blocker & CNAM Cornucopia for Incredible PBX 2021
If you enjoy calls from politicians and car warranty offers as much as we do, then today’s your lucky day. Blocking spam phone calls has been a challenge to put it charitably. Thanks to some earlier work by Stewart Nelson on the DSLR forum as well as Stewart’s considerable hand-holding in the development of our previous tutorials, we want to introduce an updated call screening approach for Incredible PBX 2021 that takes into account some recent changes in FreePBX® design.… Read More ›
Thu, 04 Mar 2021 15:00:33 +0000
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Amazonís Polly TTS Returns for Incredible PBX 2021
In a word, WOW! If you’ve previously used text-to-speech (TTS) applications with Incredible PBXô or any other PBX, you fully appreciate the challenges of getting excellent voice quality from a synthesized voice. In addition to operating system quirks, you also had to scramble to find TTS software that had acceptable voice quality without breaking the bank. Well, it’s a new day with Incredible PBX 2021. Shortly after Amazon’s introduction of Polly TTS, we integrated it into the Wazo platform with… Read More ›
Mon, 22 Feb 2021 02:00:40 +0000
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Verizon 5G Service for $25/month with Unlimited Everything
It takes a lot to get us excited about a cellular offering these days. One feature that always gets our attention is a plan that offers unlimited texting and unlimited data within the U.S. plus unlimited calling to the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. So we’re excited to introduce Visible, Verizon’s very own MVNO. A few disclaimers are in order before we get into the specifics. First, as with all MVNO’s, your usage is subject to throttling in high usage areas.… Read More ›
Wed, 17 Feb 2021 08:00:01 +0000
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Review: The 2021 Cadillac Escalade Ė Everything a Tesla Isnít
Happy Valentine’s Day. We’re on our fifth year of our love-hate relationship with Elon and Tesla. After a second purchase of a Tesla with Full Self-Driving (FSD) and no cigar, it’s beginning to smell more like vaporware. Tesla now is morphing FSD into a "feature set" that includes Automatic Lane Changes, Summon from across the garage, AutoPark (maybe and sometimes), Traffic and Stop Sign Alerts, and AutoSteer on City Streets (coming soon). You’ll note that AutoSteer on the highways and… Read More ›
Sun, 14 Feb 2021 02:00:34 +0000
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A Fresh Look at Low-Cost VoIP Cloud Providers
Now that we’re up and running in 2021 with new releases of Incredible PBX 2021 for both Debian and Ubuntu, it seemed like a fitting time to take a fresh look at VoIP cloud offerings to host your new PBX. The short story is that a cloud-based PBX is the hands-down winner over on-premise hardware these days. It’s cheaper. It’s more reliable. It’s more powerful. And it’s more flexible. The question you’re probably wanting answered is how much does it… Read More ›
Mon, 08 Feb 2021 02:00:16 +0000
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A New Day: Introducing Incredible PBX 2021 for Ubuntu 20.04
We’ve completed the rollout of Incredible PBX 2021 for Debian 10 and, thanks to the terrific work of @jaminmc, today we’re pleased to introduce Incredible PBX 2021 for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS with its ten-year life cycle. For the next few weeks, you probably should consider this beta, non-production code because we still are sorting out a few wrinkles. But everything looks good, and we’re comfortable releasing this as Ubuntu has its roots in Debian. In addition to @jaminmc, we also… Read More ›
Tue, 26 Jan 2021 12:00:37 +0000
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5 Minutes to Paradise: Incredible PBX in the Cloud for $25/Yr.
We’ve been building turnkey Incredible PBX® servers for virtual machine platforms for many years. Because the servers are built from images, typical install times have been 5 minutes or less with Proxmox, VirtualBox, and VMware ESXi. But the missing piece has always been a similar image install on a true cloud-based platform. This limitation was primarily due to the fact that we don’t own or control the available cloud platforms which typically limit image installs to operating systems such as… Read More ›
Sat, 16 Jan 2021 13:00:20 +0000
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Our Best VoIP Cloud Platform Recommendations for 2021
Once upon a time, spending $15 to $50 a month for a cloud-based KVM platform to manage your Asterisk® PBX was considered a good deal. But, in the words of Bob Dylan, Times They Are A-Changin’. Our testing over the past couple years confirms that paying premium prices for Google or Amazon EC2 VoIP platforms is nothing short of a waste of money. Today we’re pleased to recommend five cloud providers to host your VoIP server that range in price… Read More ›
Mon, 11 Jan 2021 02:00:05 +0000
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Happy New Year: Introducing Incredible PBX 2021 for Debian
Shifting gears is never easy, and sometimes it takes ill-advised corporate blunders to move the needle. But IBM®’s decimation of the CentOS project last month coupled with the Sangoma® Ransomware fiasco were just the motivation we needed to shift into overdrive and explore alternatives for the Incredible PBX® 2021 project. After six beta releases, we are delighted to introduce Incredible PBX 2021 with ClearlyIP’s FreePBX® 15 module protection and your choice of either Asterisk® 16 or the Asterisk 18 LTS… Read More ›
Fri, 01 Jan 2021 02:00:58 +0000
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Deploying an Incredible PBX 2021 PUBLIC Server
With the almost overnight popularity of the new Clearly Anywhere softphone which provides Incredible PBX connectivity from virtually anywhere, we wanted to add a missing piece to our Incredible PBX 2021 release. Because softphones need connectivity on both cellular networks and using Wi-Fi with dynamic IP addresses in multiple locations, exclusive whitelist-based access to Incredible PBX platforms simply was no longer feasible. Additionally, due to Clearly Anywhere’s tight integration with the FreePBX® User Control Panel (UCP), remote access to UCP… Read More ›
Mon, 21 Dec 2020 07:00:04 +0000
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A New Day: Introducing Incredible PBX 2021 Beta for Debian
Shifting gears is never easy, and sometimes it takes an ill-advised corporate blunder to move the needle. But IBM’s decimation of the CentOS project last week was just the motivation we needed to begin exploring alternatives for the Incredible PBX project. We are delighted to introduce the beta release of Incredible PBX 2021 for Debian 10 for those with a pioneering spirit that would like to participate in development of this promising new platform. Before we get started, a few… Read More ›
Mon, 14 Dec 2020 09:00:45 +0000
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Capitalism 101: IBM Castrates CentOS to "Improve" RHEL
If you loved the PC Jr. and New Coke, you’re going to love yesterday’s technology news. Claiming the best of intentions, IBM® cut the 8-year life span of CentOS® 8 to one year after which CentOS will become CentOS Stream, an experimental development platform sandwiched between Fedora® and Red Hat Enterprise Linus®. If you’ve spent the last year or two planning for or deploying CentOS 8, too bad. You can either pay up for RHEL licenses going forward or switch… Read More ›
Wed, 09 Dec 2020 08:00:34 +0000
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Meet Acer Spin 713: A Phenomenal Computer for All Seasons
It’s a portable office. It’s a movie theater. It’s a LAMP server. It’s a desktop PC. It’s a tablet computer. It’s a Chrome browser. It’s an Android platform. It’s a Linux server. And it gets almost 8 years of free software and firmware updates. Meet the $629 Acer Chromebook Spin 713. And, if you hurry, it’s $80 off at Best Buy today. The checklist of superlatives is almost too lengthy to mention: a touchscreen of unrivaled quality, a 12-hour battery,… Read More ›
Mon, 07 Dec 2020 10:00:07 +0000
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Cyber Monday 2020: TV Deals You Canít & Shouldnít Refuse
We try to leave Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals to the big boys but, hey, it’s 2020 and some of these deals may never come along again. Most of these are offerings we’ve tried for ourselves which is different than regurgitating the flyers from Amazon, WalMart, and BestBuy. Televisions. Who would have ever thought you’d be able to purchase a 75″ 4K Android TV with built-in Chromecast for under $500? TCL has you covered this year at Best Buy.… Read More ›
Sun, 29 Nov 2020 09:00:54 +0000
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The Most Important Asterisk Component: Itís the Backups!
You might think Backups are critical in the event of a catastrophic hardware failure. And you’d be right. But there are other equally important reasons to maintain current backups. If you decide to migrate to a new server platform, a current backup makes it a painless exercise. If you need to recover from a FreePBX® module upgrade that hosed your server, a current backup is critical. If you want to migrate to a newer release of Asterisk® or FreePBX, a… Read More ›
Mon, 23 Nov 2020 02:00:27 +0000
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