OpenSource telepresence coming from Cisco July 1, 2010...

Having used Tandberg's hardware/software combination at work I have to say the technology is very cool and extremely useful.  On completing the deal to complete it's buyout of Tandberg, Cisco stated it would open source the libraries for the TIP protocol, according to Computer Weekly.  This will allow anyone, opensource or not, the ability to create hardware and software solutions based on it.  So it's feasible that your next upgrade to telepresence will be cheaper since you would only have to pay for the hardware.

So imagine you could have a complete phone soution from Asterisk that is opensource.  Now you will be able to call up your friends and start a video confrencing meeting without ever leaving your night clothes.  It levels the field for small companies needing to do telepresence to seel their products.   

Brian Wagner

Brian started working with *nix in while a student at Kent State University in the early 90's. In 1995, as an E-Mail Administrator for Caliber Technology (now part of Fedex) he was tasked with administering Sendmail on both Slackware Linux and Solaris Systems. His first home install of Linux was MkLinux DR1 in 1996 on his 60 Mhz PowerMac. Since then Brian has been working and consulting on Linux and it's uses in the Enterprise to support everything from E-Mail, Firewalls, Web and File serving to custom cluster solutions and grid solutions. Brian has had the opportunity to work in both Fortune 500 companies and small 2 person organizations. This has given him the unique insight into the differences every size business faces.