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[News] Proprietary 'Triple Threat' and Software Patents

Cisco gains patent on 'triple play'

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| Savouring the broad and bold nature of the US patent system, Cisco
| appears to have received the rights to the "triple threat".
| [...]
| You're no doubt as excited as we are to see if Cisco makes good on
| its IP. Who's ready to pay a bigger networking tax?


There are Linux/OSS competitors to Cisco, e.g.

Open Source Router Launched

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| Vyatta is amongst many telecom and networking companies that are taking
| the open source route to up-end the existing players. I have previously
| written about Vyatta for Business 2.0. While researching that story, I
| saw the parallels between early open source telecom software and Linux.
| They both started at the bottom, and are now inching higher-up the
| food chain.


University dumps Cisco VOIP for open-source Asterisk

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| SHSU is in the process of moving its 6,000 students, faculty and staff off
| of Cisco CallManager IP PBXs and a legacy Nortel Meridian PBX over to Linux
| servers running Asterisk...


Cisco uses its relationship with other monoploies in oder to force/elbow
rivals off the road...

Cisco makes news with big partners

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| Cisco Systems, known for its aggressive acquisition strategy, is pushing 
| forward with its partnership program as it announces the completion of a 
| security platform with Microsoft and a new marketing partnership with 
| business software company SAP.


Why the world needs openness, not interoperability.

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| This NAC/NAP lovefest would be laughable if it weren't such
| a kick-in-the-teeth to the rest of the industry, enterprise IT, and
| all Internet users. A Cisco/Microsoft oligopoly stalls implementation,
| stifles innovation, and makes the network less secure. In this way, Cisco
| and Microsoft are standing in the way of progress.


Relates to news such as:

Group will unveil mobile security open specs

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| The specifications will cover areas such as user data protection and
| privacy, allowing users to protect personally identifiable information,
| address books, and other credentials from being accessed.


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