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Why I Hate Open Source Routing

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In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Why I Hate Open Source Routing
2. Today's Top Story: On Google's Horizon
    - Google Goal: Build $100 Billion Company (Reuters)
    - Oracle Challenges Google With New Enterprise Search Engine
    Related Story:
    - Oregon Senator Unveils Bill To Ensure 'Net Neutrality'
3. Breaking News
    - Microsoft Charges EU With Collusion With Competitors
    - Microsoft Confirms Upgrade Feature Planned For Windows Vista
    - Apple Fixes Critical Safari Bug, 16 Other Flaws
    - Bagle Bullies Users Into Infections
    - Study: Majority Of CEOs Plan Radical, 'Innovative' Changes In Next Two Years
    - AOL Defends Certified Mail Plans
    - Microsoft Launches Online Classified Ads Service In Beta
    - Telecoms, Web Firms Jostle Over Location Services (Reuters)
    - McNealy Seeks HP-Sun Unix Union
    - Mystery Over PC-To-Mobile Trojan Ticks Off Researchers
    - Wal-Mart Tests Sensor Networks In Supercenters
    - New Exchange 12 Code Shows Off Clustering, Log Shipping
4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web
    - Free Up Hard Drive Space On Your Mac (Lifehacker)
    - Building A Smarter To-Do List, Part I (43 Folders)
    - The Best Blogging Newspapers In The U.S. (NYU Journalism)
5. In Depth: Personal Tech & Reviews
    - Survey Finds Home Workers Are More Productive, Happier
    - Veoh Launches Peer Video Distribution Software
    - Review: ThinkPad T60p
    - Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7
    - Review: SiteAdvisor, Preview Version
    - Review Roundup: Five Music Subscription Services Challenge iTunes
6. Voice Of Authority
    - Get Set To Pay More For High-Bandwidth Internet Use
7. White Papers
    - The Role Of Network Behavior Analysis & Response Systems In The Enterprise
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1. Editor's Note: Why I Hate Open Source Routing

Why is it that perfectly sane, intelligent, and bright journalists get boinked when it comes to open source technology? Mention Firefox, and they interpret 10% market share as market dominance. They sing the praises of Asterisk, not stopping to think that Asterisk's VoIP penetration is a pimple on Nortel's, Cisco's, or Avaya's you-know-what.

The most recent example of "open source dementia" set in on Friday when Business 2.0's Om Malik broke the story about Vyatta, the startup developing enterprise routers for midsized business and small offices based on the eXtensible Open Router Platform open-source routing project.

Om speculated that the startup would undermine Cisco's routing sales. The company is using the XORP open-source routing project to deliver routers for midsized businesses and remote offices--a $4 billion market, notes Om. Networking Pipeline's Preston Gralla went even further to predict that XORP could lead to the demise of any vendor selling "high-margin networking hardware."

Now I've got tremendous respect for both Om and Preston. They're witty. They're funny. They've got a great handle on consumer VoIP. I also think XORP is a fantastic effort. Back at IT Architect (then Network Magazine), I helped write what was perhaps the first story on XORP.

But thinking that XORP will conquer the enterprise in our lifetime is pure poppycock. Business today is looking for more than a router. It's looking for networking architectures that not only involve routing, but also employ other technologies, such as security, switching, wireless, and voice.

IT likes Cisco largely because it can present a soup-to-nuts solution that fits in with the company's existing environment. While that's true to the extreme with Cisco, a similar argument can be made with other leading networking vendors such as Juniper, Avaya, Nortel, and Check Point. Each of them can present holistic solutions that transcend a given product.

Open source routing has its role to play in this market, but don't expect that to be in the enterprise anytime soon. To read more about these technologies and issues, go to my blog here.

David Greenfield
dgreenfield@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Google Goal: Build $100 Billion Company (Reuters)
Goals for 2006 also include improving the quality of Google's core Web search and advertising businesses, boosting the size of its Internet audience, and expanding the number of products, services, and business partnerships, according to CEO Eric Schmidt.

Oracle Challenges Google With New Enterprise Search Engine
Oracle Secure Enterprise Search 10g can locate information in enterprise applications, E-mail systems, and stored documents.

Related Story:

Oregon Senator Unveils Bill To Ensure 'Net Neutrality'
Sen. Ron Ryden introduced a bill that would ban phone and cable companies from charging more for faster delivery of content.


3. Breaking News

Microsoft Charges EU With Collusion With Competitors
Microsoft said the European Union worked "in secret collaboration" with Microsoft's competitors and can't be trusted to rule impartially.

Microsoft Confirms Upgrade Feature Planned For Windows Vista
Windows Anytime Upgrade would enable users of Windows Vista Home Basic to upgrade to either the Home Premium or the Ultimate version of the operating system from their computer.

Apple Fixes Critical Safari Bug, 16 Other Flaws
The patch also includes a fix to an iChat critical flaw that was used by the first Mac OS X worm to infect Macintosh machines.

Bagle Bullies Users Into Infections
Bagle.dw threatens to report users to the police if they don't install the worm payload.

Majority Of CEOs Plan Radical, 'Innovative' Changes In Next Two Years, Study Says
The ideas for change will come from employees, customers, and partners, not from internal R&D departments, CEOs said in an IBM survey.

AOL Defends Certified Mail Plans
America Online says people and organizations will continue to be able to E-mail its users for free. AOL's adoption of the Goodmail Certified Email pay-to-send mail service will simply add to user options.

Microsoft Launches Online Classified Ads Service In Beta
Windows Live Expo is an online classified ads service that has been integrated with Microsoft's instant messaging and mapping services.

Telecoms, Web Firms Jostle Over Location Services (Reuters)
U.S. law requires all mobile phones to have an electronic signal giving the owner's location, opening up a hot new market for Google, Microsoft, and others, in addition to the usual telecom players.

McNealy Seeks HP-Sun Unix Union
In a brief memo to HP's Mark Hurd, Scott McNealy urged him to agree to converge HP-UX with Sun's Solaris 10. But some think it's more of a PR stunt than a real offer.

Mystery Over PC-To-Mobile Trojan Ticks Off Researchers
The discoverer of the mobile Trojan isn't sharing with other security researchers, some say.

Wal-Mart Tests Sensor Networks In Supercenters
Integrating sensor technology to monitor temperatures with a sophisticated RFID-based network will let Wal-Mart provide higher-quality produce and fresher foods on store shelves.

New Exchange 12 Code Shows Off Clustering, Log Shipping
The beta now features different types of replication, both of which promise 24-by-7 E-mail access even if a server fails.

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4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web

Free Up Hard Drive Space On Your Mac (Lifehacker)
The Metrobilly blog has a short tutorial for freeing up a few gigabytes of precious space on your Mac.

Building A Smarter To-Do List, Part I (43 Folders)
Because new folks visit 43F each day, I thought it might be valuable to return to one of our most popular evergreen topics to review some "best practices" for keeping a good to-do list. While a lot of this might be old hat to some of you, it's a good chance to review the habits and patterns behind one of the most powerful tools in the shed.

The Best Blogging Newspapers In The U.S. (NYU Journalism)
Fifteen undergraduates in journalism, two grad students, and one NYU journalism professor set out to determine--by our lights--the top blogging newspapers in the United States among major dailies. We found six standouts, two honorable mentions, and some wacky blogs. Number one in our eyes: the Houston Chronicle. By a mile.


5. In Depth: Personal Tech & Review

Survey Finds Home Workers Are More Productive, Happier
Not only that, but many are also naked.

Veoh Launches Peer Video Distribution Software
Viewers can create libraries by downloading content into queues, which can then be accessed easily from home, at work, or anywhere they can log in.

Review: ThinkPad T60p
Lenovo's new ThinkPad T60p is a very successful--if pricey--attempt to bridge the gap between the ultra-portables and the desktop replacements.

Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7
Panasonic's new Lumix not only has it all, but its price brings it into range for even casual photographers.

Review: SiteAdvisor, Preview Version
Not sure whether a site is safe or not? SiteAdvisor says it can help.

Review Roundup: Five Music Subscription Services Challenge iTunes
The new generation of subscription music download services is poised to give Apple's iTunes a run for its money. Which service is best?


6. Voice Of Authority

Get Set To Pay More For High-Bandwidth Internet Use
Consumers seeking to download heavy-duty apps such as streaming video could find themselves paying much more for their Internet service than those who simply want to surf the Web, warns Eric Chabrow. A story in The Wall Street Journal claims that big telcos and telecom equipment makers are plotting a new fee structure that would charge consumers based on the bandwidth they use, rather than a flat fee.


7. White Papers

The Role Of Network Behavior Analysis & Response Systems In The Enterprise
StealthWatch by Lancope is a next-generation network behavior analysis and response system that combines behavior-based threat detection, continuous assessment of risks and security-policy compliance, insightful forensic analysis, and network management capabilities.


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