Comparison of freeware open source switch software?

Oliver O'Boyle oliver.oboyle at
Wed Jan 10 02:23:29 UTC 2018

Hardware works quite well. I have a number of whitebox units deployed based
off their designs and will be ordering more.

On Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 6:09 PM, Ricky Beam <jfbeam at> wrote:

> On Tue, 09 Jan 2018 02:17:59 -0500, Hank Nussbacher <hank at>
> wrote:
>> so to clarify I am interested only in bare-metal or whitebox swicthes
>> and freeware, open source software.
> It's my understanding that there simply is no such thing. Because none of
> the HARDWARE has open source code. Sure, anyone can write software to
> spirit packets between NICs (linux and *BSD has had that capability for
> decades.) But doing that "at scale" with the various manufacturers SoCs
> requires vendor specific code to setup and control the chip. The broadcom
> "NDK" is just a shim on top of a pre-compiled proprietary SDK blob.
> --Ricky

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