FreePBX Distro

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FreePBX Distro
FreePBX Distro
Developer(s) Schmooze Com Inc
Stable release 5.211.65-8 (Stable) with your choice of Asterisk 1.8 or Asterisk 11, based on FreePBX 2.11, DAHDI 2.8 and Schmooze Linux 6.5 (required to deploy FreePBX High Availability (HA)in High Availability scenarios) / 14 January 2014; 8 months ago (2014-01-14) [1]
Development status Active
Operating system GNU/Linux
Available in English, Bulgarian Chinese German French Hebrew Hungarian Italian Portuguese Portuguese (Brazil) Russian Swedish Spanish
Type Voice over Internet Protocol
License GPL

The FreePBX Distro is an open source unified communications software system that consists of a graphical user interface (GUI) for configuring, controlling, and managing Asterisk PBX software. The FreePBX Distro includes packages that offer VoIP, PBX, Fax, voice-mail and email functions. FreePBX is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

The FreePBX Distro Linux distribution is based on CentOS, which maintains binary compatibility with Red Hat Enterprise Linux. FreePBX has contributed to the popularity of Asterisk.[2]


The Official FreePBX Distro is installed from a CD-ROM image available by web download, that includes the system CentOS, Asterisk, FreePBX GUI and assorted dependencies.[3]

Support for telephony hardware[edit]

The FreePBX Distro has built in support for cards from multiple vendors, including Digium, OpenVox, Alto, Rhino Equipment, Xorcom and Sangoma.[4][5]

The FreePBX Distro supports a large number of phone models via open-source modules.[5][6]


Schmooze.Com, Incorporated logo

Schmooze Com, Inc. is a unified communications system provider in Neenah, Wisconsin, which builds free and open-source software for communications. The company is the copyright and trademark holder of FreePBX, FreePBX has over 1 million active production PBXs and over 20,000 new systems added each month.[7][8]

The company works directly with multiple manufactures to integrate PBX phones into the OSS FreePBX Distro. Manufactures include Aastra, Algo, AND, Audiocodes, Cisco, Cyberdata, Digium, Grandstream, Mitel, Panasonic, Polycom, Sangoma, Snom, Xorcom, Yealink.[9]

Technologies employed[edit]

Multiple technologies[which?] are employed depending on the PBX solution. The core telephony engine in Schmooze PBX products is Asterisk PBX and maintained by the Open Source FreePBX GUI .[10]


FreePBX made its debut in 2004 as the AMP project (Asterisk Management Portal), the FreePBX Distro was released in 2011 as an All-In-One solution for building a PBX using Asterisk, CentOS and FreePBX.[11][12][13]
Latest Stable FreePBX Distro release (March, 2014):

  • FreePBX Distro Stable-5.211.65-8[14] (Stable) based on these main components:[15]
    • FreePBX 2.11
    • CentOS 6.5
    • Asterisk 1.8.x or Asterisk 10.x or Asterisk 11.x

Declared EOL (End Of Life)[16] FreePBX Distro releases:

  • FreePBX Distro 1.8xx.210.58 reached EOL status
  • FreePBX Distro 1.8xx.210.62 reached EOL status
  • FreePBX Distro 1.10xx.210.58 reached EOL status
  • FreePBX Distro 1.10xx.210.62 reached EOL status
  • FreePBX Distro 1.11xx.210.63 reached EOL status
  • FreePBX Distro reached EOL status

Current running version could be checked by going to the System Admin Module or by use of Linux CLI running the following command: cat /etc/asterisk/freepbxdistro-version on older systems or this one cat /etc/schmooze/pbx-version on newer systems.

Distro updates[edit]

The FreePBX Distro's wiki portal provides shell update scripts for every major release track: more information here

Version numbering system

The version numbering system summarizes the versions of core components of the FreePBX Distro.

As example, the FreePBX Distro 2.210.62-1 version string has the following components. The first number (2) represents the major track number. This second number (210) refers to FreePBX 2.10 GUI. The third number (62) refers to CentOS 6.2, and the final number (1) is used as the minor release revision of this major track number.

Legal issues[edit]

Schmooze Com, Inc., along with Apple, Callware, Google, Microsoft, Oracle, and Digium, was sued in 2011 by Klausner Technologies, Inc. for patent infringement issues related to Visual Voicemail.[17]


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