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Re: Zebra/linux device production networking?

  • From: Stephane Bortzmeyer
  • Date: Mon Jun 12 07:45:27 2006

On Tue, Jun 06, 2006 at 02:42:36PM -0700,
 Nick Burke <[email protected]> wrote 
 a message of 39 lines which said:

> How many of you have actually use(d) Zebra/Linux as a routing device 

IMHO, the question is not perfectly phrased. You actually have several

* use a regular PC instead of big and expensive iron,

* use Linux instead of FreeBSD or IOS or JunOS,

* use Zebra instead of Quagga or Xorp.

These questions are partly independent and should be addressed as
such. For instance, Quagga + a free Unix can run on dedicated boxes
like the Soekris, who have different characteristics than a regular PC
(no moving parts, for instance).

One last advice: be very careful when you read claims like "it may
seem appealing to suits with no networking knowledge": many people
never tried what they criticize, they just do not want their CEO to
discover that the expensive network could have been done for much

[I installed, in a former job, Debian + Linux + Zebra on PCs and they
route fine.]