GnoPhone, by linux support services: "Gnophone is an open source internet telephone that allows you to make calls to other GnoPhone users or to an Asterisk PBX Gateway. It supports a fully featured web interface allowing you to participate in various discussion groups. It also supports the full rate GSM codec for great quality that doesn't require very high bandwidth." 10:49:59 PM
Digium - A Linux Telephony Company: "Digum offers a growing line up of telephony interface devices for the Linux platform. These devices share innovative design and small form factors, making them ideal for high density solutions. Combined with the Asterisk PBX software, these cards provide an interface to traditional telephony equipment, such as channel banks and provider T1 lines. Asterisk can extend the capabilities of the phone network, by acting as a bridge traditional telephony systems and Voice over IP equipment." These include T1/E1, FXO, and FXS cards for Linux computers. 10:45:17 PM
Asterisk - The Open Source Linux PBX: "Asterisk is a complete PBX in software. It runs on Linux and provides all of the features you would expect from a PBX and more. Asterisk does voice over IP in three protocols, and can interoperate with almost all standards-based telephony equipment using relatively inexpensive hardware. Asterisk provides Voicemail services with Directory, Call Conferencing, Interactive Voice Response, Call Queuing. It has support for three-way calling, caller ID services, ADSI, SIP and H.323 (as both client and gateway)." 10:43:18 PM
Iraqis Log On to Voice Chat: "Today, in Baghdad's Internet cafés, it's not unusual to see many people sporting headsets and yakking away with someone across the world using IM software from Yahoo, or Microsoft's MSN Messenger program, according to Ala'a Harif, lead system administrator for SCIS. At peak times, the traffic from online voice chatters can almost completely tie up the government-run ISP's limited network bandwidth, says Harif.
While the technology isn't perfect, the economics of voice-over IM make it attractive for users in Iraq. Internet cafes in Baghdad charge around $1 per hour for connect time, versus a going rate of about $1 per minute for long distance telephone service. "
SIPhones: MP3 and Lindows founder sells SIP enabled phones for $129 a pair. "The technology is also being built more deeply into PCs, as companies begin to add more advanced voice services into applications such as instant messaging. Microsoft's decision to has made it much easier to perform Net calls using a basic PC, although customers still must sign up for another company's services." Basic info available, with FAQs: "SIPphone users can dial 800 numbers and if they have a calling card which uses an 800 number, they can use that to call long distance numbers. " 11:35:03 AM
Dueling Timelines in Iraq (washingtonpost.com): "There aren't enough troops, there aren't enough police and there aren't enough contributions from countries with competent militaries. In Karbala, a city in southern Iraq where occupation has been fairly successful, 1,000 Marines are about to withdraw in favor of 455 Bulgarian troops. But the Bulgarians have no intention of assuming the civil administration functions the Marines have been carrying out, as the Wall Street Journal reported Friday, and a civilian team that was supposed to deploy there hasn't even been named. Given the stakes, and the potential for new problems, this kind of ragged, improvised, resource-poor effort is inexcusable and incomprehensible. " 12:27:07 AM