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[News] Cisco Uses Free Software (and Linux) for Competitive Advantage

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Sneaky Cisco plots to take over Microsoft's world

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| [T]here's another company that is increasingly setting its sights on 
| Microsoft, and it's doing so largely unnoticed. The company is networking  
| giant Cisco, which through a mix of open-source software and collaboration 
| technology is launching a credible campaign to deep-six Microsoft's desktop  
| dominance.  



Is Open Source Ready To Get The Message?

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| Earlier this week, Cisco announced that it will offer an email-security
| offering as both a fully hosted and a hybrid service. While the announcement
| focuses mostly on Cisco's IronPort business unit, Cisco also acknowledged
| that its email security offering will dovetail with its plans to build a
| hosted email offering based on technology acquired from PostPath.


Cisco's PostPath to Linux powered hosted email

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| It will be interesting to see how the PostPath technology furthers Cisco's
| Linux interest as well since Cisco tends not to do things on a small scale. A
| large Linux powered hosted email system will no doubt result in scalability
| and performance improvement that could well extend behind the confines of
| Cisco itself and benefit the broader open source ecosystem.


Cisco Goes Deep for Linux and Open Source

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| Without much fanfare or self-congratulations, networking giant Cisco Systems
| has become one of the top contributors to the Linux kernel and an active
| contributor to the broader open source community.
| It's a message that Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) isn't boasting about yet, but was
| willing to discuss with InternetNews.com. Cisco is the world's largest
| networking vendor and a technology juggernaut that is seeing the value in
| using and contributing to open source.


Cisco: Huge international interest in developer contest

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| Cisco Systems Inc. has claimed that international interest in its recently
| launched contest for router-centric application development has been so
| strong that it must extend the first-phase deadline from Jan. 12 to Feb. 27.


Should open source boycott Cisco’s contest?

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| While lawyers debate the merits of the FSF’s suit against Cisco, open source
| developers may be asking themselves how they can make their views heard.
| Here’s an idea. Boycott Cisco’s contest.


Vyatta: Beating Cisco with open networks

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| Vyatta, the open-source networking company, has been turning on the heat
| lately against Cisco, the networking giant. Even as Cisco expands beyond its
| networking base with collaboration products, Vyattas sole focus remains
| beating Cisco network performance at rock-bottom prices.


Cisco Offers $100,000 Bounty to Linux Application Developers

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| 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).



Can Microsoft and Cisco Still Be Pals?

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| That puts it in direct competition with Microsoft, which is No. 2
| with its Live Meeting service. Microsoft's big push will come in
| June when it begins producing a host of products, including Microsoft
| Office Communicator 2007.


Cisco CEO: 'Microsoft Has Given Us a Three-Year Lead'

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| Microsoft has given us a three-year lead. And we've never lost a
| game when we've had a three-year lead... It's a battle we fully
| intend to win.


Microsoft's Worst Nightmare (Nope, Not Google)

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| The Cisco/Linksys drive into the home follows an absolutely miserable
| effort by Microsoft, which had a first-mover advantage but blew it in
| favor of its Xbox gaming play. Maybe Microsoft figured the timing just
| wasn't right. In any case, Microsoft angered a lot of digital home
| integrators who were hoping for some support to break open the
| market.


Cisco benefits as Microsoft keeps moving the goalposts

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| Forced between choosing between unified comms vendors, many users
| are reluctantly opting to use an alternative to Microsoft. Others,
| it seems, are a lot less disappointed.
| [...]
| The Microsoft partner confessed that Cisco is the preferred option. "Cisco
| has a better track record of consistency on upgrades. Whereas Microsoft?s
| new products can be a completely different kettle of fish from the last,"
| he said.

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