This is by no means new news, but I just read a blog from Matthew McKenzie about WRT54G-based open source routers and it got me thinking.
First though, for those not in the know, the Linksys WRT54G can be loaded with a custom Linux kernel and other features so that instead of getting the stock Linksys feature-set, you can run a more powerful router package and do everything from IP- and port-forwarding (most Linksys routers only do port-forwarding) to web filtering (well, to some limited extent because of the limited memory available).
Anyway, the real question: Where are the open source ENTERPRISE routers?
Matthew mentions that it is viable to run a custom WRT54G for a SMB, but I do not see this happening in the enterprise arena anytime soon. That said though, why isn’t there a big move toward open source enterprise routers?
I understand that the big profit in the network world, even for mostly hardware vendors like Cisco, are the up-sells of software, but it does seem to me that a hardware market is a hardware market, and that having a suite of routers that are based on open source could be a viable route to go.