Openly Passionate

Bob McCouch of Herding Packets writes about Opengear:

Traditionally, most of Opengear’s products have been smaller form factors with 2, 4, or 8 serial ports. One reason the networking community loves Opengear, though, is the open nature of their platform. Opengear boxes run the uClinux distribution, and root access is available. This allows a variety of scripting or application installation to be done on these devices. This scripting capability, along with an available array of built-in sensors such as temperature/humidity, power condition, and others, make Opengear a powerful platform that can do much more than simply provide serial access to network devices and servers.

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Stephen Foskett

Stephen Foskett is an active participant in the world of enterprise information technology, currently focusing on enterprise storage, server virtualization, networking, and cloud computing. He organizes the popular Tech Field Day event series for Gestalt IT and runs Foskett Services. A long-time voice in the storage industry, Stephen has authored numerous articles for industry publications, and is a popular presenter at industry events. He can be found online at,, and on Twitter at @SFoskett.

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