Over-Arching ObjectiveThere was a superior objective in pursuing this project in that it would provide a means by which the small to medium sized businesses in Australia would become aware of the wonders of Open Source Software. (For more details read the "About" page.)
BackgroundMr Daniel Xu, owner of Digital Star Computers, convinced me of the value of doing this when, in 1999, I approached him with an idea for creating a low-cost, easy to use, "Plug and Play" Linux Server for use in small to medium-sized businesses. He took me out to his warehouse and showed me stacks of PCs on pallets. These were Dell computers for sale at around $800.00 each that came fully equipped with the Linux Operating System and web-based interface that would enable people with minimal knowledge to set up an office file server and email server. He said he couldn't sell them. What was needed he felt was to create something that small business people would relate to that used Linux and that, he suggested would be something like a telephone exchange.
Jamesons Unit Services, MossmanJamesons is owned by Mr George Vumbaca. He employs around 50 people and his company is one of the largest Strata Management agencies in Australia. I have supported George for 10 years now. He is one of the best people I have ever worked for. A person with outstanding people skills, business acumen, intelligence and integrity.
Telephony Setup at JamesonsGeneral. All Strata Management agencies have a heavy use of phones. George has an Ericssons PABX installed with a Telstra On-Ramp digital telephone line coming into this establishment. By interposing the Asterisk PABX between the Telstra line and the Ericsson, it was possible to allow all calls to come in through the Telstra lines and for all out-going calls to use a number of companies providing Internet Telephony services at very much reduced rates. It was also possible to provide a number of other superior features through the use of the Asterisk PABX that were not available from the Ericsson. As a consequence of this arrangement, Jamesons now save around $800.00 per month on telephone calls.