"Much of our focus at Enterprise Networking Planet is
interoperability. Most network/system administrators and users
don't want their infrastructure and data held hostage to a single
vendor, and must be able to mix and match according to their needs.
There does not yet exist a vendor that is capable of supplying
every need, and if there were such a vendor they would get uppity
and not treat customers well. So competition and being able to
select software and hardware from a variety of sources serves
"Linux and the Free/Open Source software world continue to lead
the interoperability pack. If it weren't for F/OSS, many commercial
software and hardware vendors probably wouldn't even try, and many
would put all of their energies into vendor lock-in.
Interoperability comes in several forms. The simplest to implement
is a server that serves all client platforms, like a mail,
DNS/DHCP, FTP, NTP, LDAP, orWeb server, or HTTP caching proxy. The
clients of these servers don't care what platform the servers run
on, as long as they do their jobs..."