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Cumulus Releases GNU/Linux For Datacenter Routers 67

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from the scale-up dept.
alphadogg writes "Start-up Cumulus Networks this week has emerged with a Linux network operating system designed for programmable data centers like the ones Google and Facebook are building. The company's Cumulus Linux OS operating system includes IPv4 and IPv6 routing, plus data center and network orchestration hooks. Much like OpenFlow for independent, software-defined control of network forwarding, Cumulus Linux is intended to run on commodity network hardware and bring Open Source extensibility to high capacity data centers. The head of the company used to work for Cisco and Google." The distribution is based on Debian and ported to several router platforms. They claim to release most of their code Open Source, but there are at least a few proprietary bits for interfacing to the routing hardware itself.
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Cumulus Releases GNU/Linux For Datacenter Routers

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 19, 2013 @12:22PM (#44050997)
    Shill much?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 19, 2013 @12:33PM (#44051131)

    > same technology they use in space shuttles

    You mean the ones in the museum?
    I suppose it is plausible that windows software could be behind the the museum box with a button that say 'touch here to play a informative video'?

  • by erroneus (253617) on Wednesday June 19, 2013 @12:40PM (#44051203) Homepage

    What amazes me is the current level of brand name dominance in technology. (I know, I'm repeating myself so I'll abbreviate) It's all so consumerist. We don't care what it actually does or doesn't do... or even how well it does it. We just care about the brand name.

    "Do you know about networking?" "I'm Cisco Certified!!" "That wasn't the question..."

    How many Cisco certified people do you know that don't know anything about networking?? I know a lot. It's the brand name that makes them important and the brand name that makes these devices valuable.

    It tickles me to hear people say "Linux" and "toy" in the same sentence knowing that Cisco uses Linux in almost everything these days. That's like saying "I own a Lexus, you wouldn't catch me dead in a Toyota... those cars are crap!!" Sorry, but... you know?

    And to me the real killer is that networking is 99.999% about being protocol implementation faithful so ALL devices of all brands should do the same damned things. (Yes, I know there are Cisco specific protocols and people should avoid them to avoid vendor lock-in.) Cisco isn't quite as bad as Microsoft, but in some ways, they're worse.

  • by evilviper (135110) on Wednesday June 19, 2013 @12:40PM (#44051205) Journal

    by Professional Develop (2957023):
    Doesn't change the fact that Professional Develop is right.

    LOL!

    You forgot to click the "Post Anonymously" check-box. The internet is hard...

  • by evilviper (135110) on Wednesday June 19, 2013 @01:00PM (#44051449) Journal

    How many Cisco certified people do you know that don't know anything about networking??

    The CCNA was always an entry-level certification. Point me to a clueless CCNP or CCIE and I'll be surprised. Of course certification isn't a prereq for knowing what you're doing, either.

    It's the brand name that makes them important and the brand name that makes these devices valuable.

    There's definitely significant brand-name mark-up on their hardware, but that's NOT why Cisco is valuable. Cisco is dominant because of network effects... There are lots of people who know the Cisco ios CLI, and the intricacies of their specific product lines. This is in-part because Cisco is dominant, and it lends itself to more dominance, as saving a few hundred dollars on a switch isn't worth the retraining needed for your admin to learn to manage something different, or dealing with different support, billing, etc.

    And to me the real killer is that networking is 99.999% about being protocol implementation faithful so ALL devices of all brands should do the same damned things.

    Yes, and Windows and Linux can both serve web pages... Does that mean you'd just switch back and forth between them without a second thought? No, you'll stick with one or the other (whichever your IT staff is familiar with), until the benefits of the other become overwhelming, and are worth retraining or new hiring.

    Cisco hardware only needs to stay inexpensive enough that it's not worth the hassle of using a different brand. If you've got a huge network, that's not the case, and a few percent savings will add up. But for smaller networks, the savings usually really isn't worth the hassle.

    FWIW, I'm not a Cisco fan, but the business world isn't as irrational as you claim.

  • by BitZtream (692029) on Wednesday June 19, 2013 @01:12PM (#44051583)

    If your going to make an OSS router, you start with FreeBSD, which has been the fastest routing stack on the planet and has been for over 10 years.

    Starting with Linux tells you they didn't engineer the project, they buzz word managed it.

    At no point does using Microsoft * make sense for infrastructure

  • by Tailhook (98486) on Wednesday June 19, 2013 @01:26PM (#44051745)

    giving neither a link to the source nor direct credit. I dont see GPL anywhere on the site.

    There are multiple direct source links here [cumulusnetworks.com], each with related licenses called out. The GPL licence is mentioned multiple times on that page.

    nor direct credit

    Direct credit appears in several places, including here [cumulusnetworks.com].

    "The Cumulus Linux software distribution is based on Debian. It provides the same Linux capabilities as Debian with the addition of networking packages."

    None of this is more than 1 or 2 clicks into the public site. Stop making stuff up.

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