In a very interesting Asterisk-related development, news is coming out today that Fonality has purchased Trixbox (formerly Asterisk@Home). Trixbox is a free, popular, and easily-installable GUI version of Asterisk, and Fonality is the company behind the very successful PBXtra Asterisk-based IP PBX. Clearly this move increases Fonality’s presence in this space and it will be interesting to see what they do with Trixbox and how they interact with the open source community. It’s certainly good to hear that Fonality is hiring Trixbox founder Andrew Gillis and that he’ll continue to lead the Trixbox community. The press release also makes it clear that Fonality intends to keep Trixbox free and open source (under the GPL license).
Trixbox will remain an open source project licensed under the general public license (GPL), which encourages innovative software development both within the Asterisk environment and the larger open source community.
“Trixbox is a thriving Asterisk community, unencumbered by licensing complexities. It was free, it is free and we are going to make sure it stays free.” said Chris Lyman, Fonality’s CEO and founder.
Tom Keating was way in front with this story, speculating about it in June and breaking the news and posting an in-depth interview with Fonality CEO Chris Lyman last night. Alec Saunders observes that this move really places Fonality in direct competition with Digium. I’m going to be speaking to Chris myself tomorrow, and I’ll follow up and post some more thoughts on this deal after our conversation.