Asterisk v. Elastix v. Trixbox CE v. freePBX

Hi VOIP gurus,

I need some clarifications on voip software.

I've been using Asterisk off and on for the past 3 years...starting with version 1.2.4 now with version 1.6.  and Now I'm looking into Trixbox just to expand my knowledge.

Throughout the years, I've heard of trixbox, freepbx, and elastix, but wasn't sure what the difference was with those flavors as it compares/relates to Asterisk...So, can someone please briefly define the pros/cons/ and/or reason why i would use one over the other.

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samdartCommented:
Trixbox and Elastix are complete systems including OS, Asterisk and Web based Asterisk Management (FreePBX+More)
They contain some parts or entire FreePBX along with other customizations. You would have to install these on a new/fresh system or format the HDD to install them.

Elastix comes with integrated IM, Fax, Calendar, A2Billing and vTigerCRM/SugarCRM. It has an endpoint configuration tool that supports major VoIP phone manufacturers (although I did not see Cisco in the list). Trixbox lacks these features.

FreePBX is a web/php based asterisk management tool alone. It makes someone's life easy with GUI to assign/remove extensions, configure trunks, etc. You can install this on an existing Asterisk box, but might need to configure it so that your current contexts, extensions and trunks are migrated from asterisk to FreePBX.
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three7sixCommented:
FYI, Trixbox does have an Endpoint Manager with popular phone vendors,  Cisco included.
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samdartCommented:
Sorry to have missed that! Thanks three7six
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jetli87Author Commented:
Thanks...

so far then, what is the preferred solution between Elastix, Trixbox, and Asterisk?

I mean I'm pretty comfortable with Asterisks bare bones, but hear so many people using the other two and wanted to see if there's a compelling reason to switch.
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samdartCommented:
If you have a situation where you would be making changes like adding/removing extensions, rearranging the trunks often you might want to consider one of these options.

If you have complex configuration, you might end up doing it all over again in either of the install (FreePBX, Trixbox or Elastix) in the custom section.

It depends on your comfort level messing around with config files. I have seen ppl who like GUI configuration bend towards these packages. I personally use and suggest barebones asterisk install as opposed to GUI. It gives you more flexibility, unless you use the additional features they provide.
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jetli87Author Commented:

Understood...thanks!
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