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Upside: Linux answers call of Net telephony

Jul 19, 2000, 11:09 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

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"They say every ending contains a new beginning. In the world of open source telephony, where revolutionary breakthroughs have been slow to come, it took the final act of an outgoing proprietary vendor to give the movement its much-needed jumpstart."

"Rich Bodo, a co-founder of Open Source Telecom Corp., or OST, recalls the 1998 conversation with fellow co-founder Martin Clinton that led to the formation of the company."

"I was working for VA Research at the time," Bodo says, referring to the former name of VA Linux Systems (LNUX). "Martin was the president of Ingate and was getting ready to fold the company up. He had an awful lot of code out there, and I suggested that he open source it."

"For Clinton, a man who ran the software company Ingate for 10 years, the decision about what to do with his company's software code was already "a conundrum" before Bodo's suggestion. Although his company's primary software product, a PC-based voicemail and messaging platform, enjoyed a sound reputation, it wasn't exactly the kind of technology you could offload at a going-out-of-business sale."

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