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55 Open Source Replacements for Popular Networking Tools

Oct 18, 2010, 19:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cynthia Harvey)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

"Setting up and maintaining networks used to be something that only "super-geeks" did. Network engineers and administrators at large enterprises usually have a lot of in-depth technical knowledge about how systems work and how they communicate with each other.

"But these days, lots of people have small networks at their homes and small businesses. They usually don't have the same sort of specialized knowledge, but they still need to be able to set up and troubleshoot the inevitable problems.

"Fortunately, developers have created plenty of open source tools to help both groups accomplish what they need to get done. Open source tools can help you design, test, deploy, manage, monitor, or secure your network, and some can even help you build your own appliances, routers, or other hardware.

"And since both enterprises and homes users are feeling the budget pinch these days, free open source networking tools are becoming more popular than ever."

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