[kwlug-disc] KWLUG and Voip

L.D. Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Fri Feb 11 16:28:06 EST 2011


Sounds a little like an Ontario Linux Fest presentation I was at once:

http://2008.onlinux.ca/node/274


On Fri, 2011-02-11 at 14:25 -0500, Joe Wennechuk wrote:
> As a kind of side to this ...
>  
> I would like to see more hands on type presentations. When I was at
> school the teacher would guide us step by step through an example. We
> would follow along actually doing what he was doing. It may be hard
> for us to do this due to all of the flavors and distros, but it is a
> thought. I really learn better this way. If prior to the presentation;
> we wer informed, ... in order to follow along you must have your
> system at such, and such state, and configuration etc...
>  
> 
> 
> Joseph Wennechuk
> ________________
> 
> 
> 
>  
> > Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 11:36:55 -0500
> > From: paul_nijjar at yahoo.ca
> > To: kwlug-disc at kwlug.org
> > Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] KWLUG and Voip
> > 
> > On Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 09:16:03AM -0500, John Van Ostrand wrote:
> > > ----- Original Message -----
> > > > Given how prominent VOIP is in the community, and it's general
> > > > reliance
> > > > on linux, does the group think my previous idea of the LUG
> promoting
> > > > VOIP publicly to be a good idea?
> > > 
> > 
> > > I do think that VoIP is something that can be daunting to those
> new
> > > to it. There are lots of hardware configuration choices and
> software
> > > configuration choices.
> > 
> > The options here are: pick one approach and have people work through
> it
> > together, or show the different options and support a diversity of
> > people doing a diversity of things. 
> > 
> > As the most basic option, I have personally found that an ATA is the
> > easiest concrete project. But this requires an ATA, which is
> expensive
> > if you are dabbling. 
> > 
> > A cheaper alternative is to set up an Asterisk server on an old box
> > with some softphones. If you have an old computer you can do this
> (and
> > learn about system setup) basically for free while you see whether
> > VoIP is for you. 
> > 
> > I have found that getting to the point where you can get a phone to
> > ring has been a huge motivator for me. 
> > 
> > > I might participate if the time fit my schedule, but I'd prefer a
> > > week night.
> > 
> > Okay. Let's make this concrete: 
> > 
> > I think that some combination of hands-on workshop and introductory
> > presentation could work well. I propose the following two week
> format: 
> > 
> > - Session A: overview of the technology and options (ATA, plug-in
> > cards, FreeSWITCH, Asterisk). We tell people what they need in order
> > to participate in the next session, and make arrangements to
> > rent/loan equipment as necessary. (Some of us have ATAs that could
> > be used for a day). 
> > 
> > - Session B: People come by with the equipment they want (ITSP
> > account, hardware they want to use, ...) and people work on getting
> > "hands-on" systems working.
> > 
> > If this format is too much commitment then we could also do a
> > single-night event. But then the users will necessarily be less
> > prepared with equipment and ITSP accounts. 
> > 
> > I am open to having this happen at one of the Working Centre spaces.
> > St John's Kitchen might be a good candidate, but I would need to
> > figure out how to get SIP working reliably through our firewall(s). 
> > Uplink bandwidth with also be an issue -- SJK is using Bell. 
> > I also question whether we can have a lot of different VoIP setups
> > running off the same Internet connection simultaneously. 
> > 
> > We have other buildings that could work as well. We are using VoIP
> in
> > a building with a Yak connection, for example. 
> > 
> > Of course, other people have meeting spaces as well, and there is
> > nothing saying that we have to use a Working Centre space. But the
> > option is there. 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > Wasn't there an Asterisk workshop a few years ago? How did that go?
> > Where was that held? 
> > 
> > Who is interested in helping present a topic? 
> > 
> > Who is interested in being a "workshop buddy" who can help
> individual
> > users get started? 
> > 
> > Who is interested in helping to organize this? 
> > 
> > - Paul
> > 
> > -- 
> > http://pnijjar.freeshell.org 
> > 
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