I have been interested in Vyatta’s open source router solution for a while (pronounced vee-AH-tah.). In fact, I have written at least one article about it and have tested it myself. It is an amazing solution – a free open source router that has an “IOS-like” interface and performs just about all the same functions as a Cisco router – but runs on your PC or in a virtual machine.
As a promo, Vyatta is asking its users to post “Dear John” letters on their website so that you can “say goodbye” to your Cisco routers and move over to open-source. So far, they have gotten a good response and many of the letters are entertaining and creative. I encourage you to checkout Vyatta’s “Dear John letter” blog. If you are a vyatta follower, I suggest you be creative and post your own letter.
Even if you, me, and all the other posters, don’t completely move away from Cisco routers, I hope that Cisco will get a message from some of these letters and use them to improve their organization. I do believe there are a lot of good tips for Cisco in these letters.
If nothing else, checkout this whitepaper on why Vyatta is better than Cisco (according to Vyatta, of course).
All the best to you,
David Davis, CCIE, VCP, CISSP
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