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CBR: Linux Foundation Aims to Make a DENT in Networking

By March 12, 2020Community News

Project will “benefit customers by eliminating vendor lock-in and allow hardware vendors to compete on a level playing field”

The Linux Foundation has a brand new open source baby with some heavyweight godparents: the new project, DENT, aims to create a new, non-proprietary network operating system (OS) that can tackle the issue of networking vendor lock-in head-on.

In particular, DENT’s members intend to build a lightweight, Linux-based networking OS stack suitable for “remote” locations, they said late Friday, using the Linux kernel, Switchdev (a Linux kernel driver model for Ethernet switches) and other Linux projects to allow developers to “treat networking ASICs and silicon like any other hardware.”

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