Open Source Eyes Telecom

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The open-source movement might not be making Cisco Systems Inc. nervous yet, but it's definitely intent on becoming a serious factor in the networking sphere.

The last few weeks have seen a couple of open-source ideas step beyond cult status into the "real" business world. Digium Inc. -- which supports the Asterisk open-source telephony platform -- picked up $13.8 million in its first round of funding last week. And recently, router startup Vyatta Inc. launched the first commercial version of its software along with offerings for services and subscriptions.

The start of a revolution?

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