I need to install Asterisk open source software onto a PC for testing purposes. I downloaded a recent version of asterisk and it comes in a tar.gz file. I also read the following paragraph from a website that is supposedly giving instructions on how to set Asterisk up. It says:
"Asterisk requires a system running with kernel 2.6 and the header files must be present to compile asterisk on our system. Asterisk is written in c; we require gcc with the supporting libs such as termcap, and openssl. Asterisk add-ons require the mysql header files so please install mysql lib, mysql client and the headers to compile asterisk-addons."
A "system running with kernel 2.6" is required, so I assume I can't install Asterisk on a Windows based machine. Is Kernel 2.6 some sort of operating system? Or some sort of Linux distribution? Also, is a tar.gz file just another sort of compressed (zipped) file structure?