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[News] Why Routers Based on Free Software Are Better Value Than Proprietary

  • Subject: [News] Why Routers Based on Free Software Are Better Value Than Proprietary
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2010 22:04:08 +0000
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Open Source Routers Are Worth Considering

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| When you buy a computer today, you choose 
| between the consumer-friendly platforms of 
| Windows or Mac. Alternatives such as Linux are 
| completely ignored.
| The kernel of the Linux operating system is 
| "open source," meaning that no company owns or 
| controls it completely. Commercial software 
| packages are built around the Linux kernel 
| (such as Red Hat), but the core platform 
| remains free for anyone to revise, modify, and 
| authenticate.
| Many folks are leery of open source software 
| because society is programmed to embrace 
| products from companies like Microsoft and 
| Apple. Linux is universally celebrated for its 
| rock-solid performance and stability, but it 
| requires a little more effort to find layman-
| like support and help.



GNU/Linux: Replacing a Dead Router with a Linux System

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| Enter an old Dell Dimension XPS R400 PC that has
| been gathering dust in the closet. It has an
| 80GB Western Digital IDE drive, a Startech
| 10/100 NIC and 192MB of RAM in it. I received
| this old PC from a client that bought a new,
| custom built system from my company in October
| 2007. He no longer needed the Dell and was just
| going to trash it. Instead I convinced him to
| let me wipe the drive, install Mandriva 2008 on
| it and try to sell it on eBay. It did not sell
| when I listed it. The client did not want it
| back, so I just stuck it in the IT junk closet
| with several other old systems and flaky
| monitors. I decided to make this old Dell PC
| into my ânewâ router. Since it already has
| Mandriva 2008 on it I figured I could use that
| to get routing going and then upgrade the
| Mandriva later.


OpenWrt Kamikaze 8.09.2 for network routers

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| OpenWrt Kamikaze 8.09.2 is released. This is a
| Linux distribution for network routers, like
| the Linksys WRT54G, or the Asus WL-500g and a
| lot of other routers. This distribution adds a
| lot of new functionality to routers, like
| improved ipv6 functionality.

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