Chapter 13

SDN Open Source

Abstract

SDN’s roots are squarely aligned with the open source movement. Indeed Open SDN remains closely linked with the open source community. This chapter begins by providing insight into the many variants of open source licenses in common use. Different open source licenses may be more or less suitable for a given organization and only some are suitable for commercial exploitation. We profile three broad classes of users: researchers, (commercial) developers, and operators. Each of these is likely to have different requirements and goals when they use open source software. This chapter then provides a survey of SDN-related open source initiatives and explains their relationship and roles within the broader SDN ...

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