"W.C. Epperson" <epperson @
[ regarding various cisco software releases that have been recommended ]
> And bear in mind that none of those releases are in General Deployment (GD),
> which is, according to Cisco, "The software version which has achieved
> a level of stability appropriate for general use in customers' networks".
> My position is that if it ain't stable enough for general use,
> it ain't ready for use in access control.
Much as I hate to defend a competitor, especially a successful
one, I feel the need to chip in here.
I suspect strongly that GD is a label that is *very* expensive to
apply, since it means that the test people have signed off on the software
working right with every protocol and every feature on every media, etc etc.
Quite possibly, this badge requires a couple engineering years to verify,
assuming everything works right straight off. 11.x is quite likely to have
rock solid IP on ethernet and ppp-over-v35. It's the weird SNA encapsulated
in something else shoveled over an x.25 link on a HSSI board that might be a
That said, I agree that it's scary not to know for sure. I assume
you run Zero lines whatsoever of free software in mission critical spots?