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Re: [News] Cisco Offers $100,000 Bounty to Linux Application Developers

7 <web_has_email@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> nessuno@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
>> <Quote>
>> Cisco is offering $100,000 in prize money to Linux application
>> developers that help the networking giant defeat Microsoft in the
>> unified communications market. The initiative focuses on network-aware
>> applications written for Cisco?s AXP (Application Extension Platform)
>> and Integrated Services Routers (ISRs).
>> [The goal:]  Shifting the market from Windows to Network Applications:
>> Cisco CEO John Chambers has clearly stated that he expects to compete
>> far more fiercely with Microsoft and Google in the years ahead.... By
>> recruiting Linux application developers to back AXP, Cisco hopes to
>> disrupt the old Windows ISV market. The ultimate goal is to beat
>> Microsoft in the Unified Communications market.
>>  If Cisco has its way, AXP technology will transform those routers
>> into networked application platforms. Suddenly, routers ? rather than
>> servers and desktops ? could become the most intelligent devices on
>> the network.
>> </Quote>
>> http://www.thevarguy.com/2008/11/26
> cisco-offers-100000-bounty-to-linux-application-developers/
> Thats a bad idea gone mad.
> Imagine your telephone exchage deciding who you gonna call!!!

Not a good analogy here, the TE is well up the stack, being a processor
controlling a switching matrix running at 64kbit/s, controlled by

> Routers should remain routers and do their jobs more quickly
> and efficiently 100 Gigabit and beyond.

It's got nothing to do with efficiency, though.  Just look at MPLS.
Cisco just want to get people to write applications for them for free
which they can then proprietarise onto their platform.  You'd have to be
less than smart to fall for this one.

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