The best open source networking software: 2010

InfoWorld's Test Center picks the top open source networking software and administration tools of 2010

By Doug Dineley, James R. Borck, Martin Heller, Paul Venezia, High Mobley, InfoWorld |  Open Source, NAS, network monitoring

Bossie 2010 winner: FOG

FOG is a Linux-based computer cloning tool, similar to Norton Ghost. FOG uses PXE and TFTP, so there is no need for any boot CD or DVD. FOG can dynamically resize partitions to fit local drives, even shrinking an imaged partition to use on a smaller drive. The FOG imaging tools allow you to set the name of the imaged PC, install printers, and even restart the computer if needed. The icing on this cake is that FOG is activated and configured via a Web browser; it can even be used with a mobile browser such as Safari on the iPhone. Like any good open source project, the FOG project provides a helpful user guide, as well as some screencast videos on installing FOG.

License: GPL

The Bossies 2010 index:
Bossie Awards 2010: The best open source software of the year
Bossie Awards 2010: The best open source applications
Bossie Awards 2010: The best open source application development software
Bossie Awards 2010: The best open source platforms and middleware
Bossie Awards 2010: The best open source networking software

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