Network OS - ok if I don't want to tinker?

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  1. Rand__

    Rand__ Well-Known Member

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    So still looking for new high speed switches and saw that many of those nowadays come with a NOS like Cumulus or Sonic.

    Since I have no clue of those I wondered whether they are ok to use without in depth networking knowledge?

    I have some Cisco Small Business switches and some Mellanox OS ones, so not a total stranger.

    But I am not really interested in having another place I constantly need to work on, especially if its a core network switch (for my home office/lab) which might disrupt everything running in the vincinity.

    So basically I am looking for feedback on those, any that are exceptionally good, not to be recommended, freely available (Sonic?) etc...
    Thanks
     
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    The code used to create Cumulus Linux is free and available to the public to view, edit and for users with the appropriate skill to contribute to. I was able to get a switch but not being able to get a licence for home use, this has made me rely on just the base functionality. Admittedly, I am running a bit much for a home lab (gentoo/openstack dev and openstack env).
     
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    Rand__ Well-Known Member

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    So which functionality are you able to use based on the public cumulus code - and which not?
     
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