What Linux Distro Most Popular For Asterisk

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Is there a recent survey of that Linux distro and version people are using for the Asterisk installations? I recall seeing a pie chart over a year ago (I think on a wiki but I can’t find it again)….also hoping for something more current.

I suspect RH5 and RH6 are most popular…but I’m looking for facts

15 thoughts on - What Linux Distro Most Popular For Asterisk

  • I’m using Ubuntu server (32bit mainly), standalone or VM (esxi) with good stability.

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  • Same here. We’ve been using ubuntu lucid 32bit for years. We have about
    1000 implementations of this.

  • We use Debian (stable or oldstable) but build Asterisk locally from Source Code from the Digium downloads site.

  • Mix of Gentoo and Ubuntu here (Gentoo mostly on old Via Epia MiniITX
    systems which don’t have full i686 instruction set support).

    The best Linux distro is usually the one you’re most familiar with –
    that way, if/when something goes wrong, you stand a reasonable chance of being able to fix it.

    Kind regards,


  • Most tutorials over internet are based on CentOS and Ubuntu.

    CentOS is the base distro of FreePBX, Elastix and Trixbox and always have a lot of users.

    I use ubuntu.

    Best regards.


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  • Sometimes you do not really have a choice. If you are using TDM cards where you know that the manufacturers use CentOS for their own development, then it makes no sense to use a different distro.

    Problems you might run into are that init scripts might need a patch here and there, or that most recent interim kernels are not yet supported. Most of the time the kernel sources can be patched quite easily, but if you are using the most recent Ubuntu or Fedora distributions you might spend more time patching and recompiling the drivers than phoning because there are so many kernel updates. Of course a pure VoIP system does not need to consider this.


  • I don’t have any numbers, but I watch the issue tracker a lot and I
    see pretty much CentOS, Debian and Ubuntu. Which seems to match what everyone else is saying on this thread.

  • [Apologies, top-posting, Gmail, yadda yadda]

    As with a lot of software, I suspect the best answer is “whichever distro YOU are most comfortable with”. You’re the one who has to support it, after all… Just my 2c.