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Cisco Unwires Linux Symposium

Cisco Unified Wireless Network Gives Linux Symposium Attendees Free Untethered Access Throughout Conference
Jun 27, 2007

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 27, 2007 - Cisco® today announced that the Cisco Unified Wireless Network and its outdoor wireless network solutions will constitute the wireless access network of choice for Linux and open source enthusiasts who attend the Linux Symposium in Ottawa this week.

"Designed for scalability and robust performance, the Cisco Unified Wireless Network provides unparalleled performance for challenging environments and demanding users, especially those who tend to push the technical envelope," said Pat Calhoun, chief technical officer, Wireless Networking Business Unit, Cisco. "Cisco embraces the Linux community and appreciates the opportunity to work directly with them at this event."

"With a major event like the Linux Symposium we have to get hundreds of laptops networked in a relatively small area," said Andrew Hutton, founder of the Linux Symposium. "Without managed access points, access controllers and the Cisco Wireless Control System, it would just not be possible to reliably provide wireless access in this type of environment."

Cisco Unified Wireless Solutions - Ideal of Linux Users

The Cisco wireless deployment at the Linux Symposium evidences a burgeoning trend in pervasive wireless deployments in that it combines Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and outdoor wireless solutions working in tandem to provide a comprehensive indoor and outdoor wireless footprint. With its end-to-end integrated solution approach, the Cisco Unified Wireless Network helps reduce operational costs by providing simplified network management.

Additionally, the Linux Symposium is utilizing the newly released Cisco Unified Wireless Network Software Release 4.1. With this release, which seamlessly works with Linux-based client devices, customers gain new forms of rich mobility services including enhanced wireless LAN security, guest access, voice services and location services.

More information on Cisco's wireless solutions is available at:, and more information about the Linux Symposium is available at:

About the Linux Symposium

The Linux Symposium is a technology conference, targeting software developers working on the Linux kernel, OS infrastructure, security, networking, and related research projects. With attendees coming from over 30 different countries, the Symposium is among most comprehensive collection of Linux experts in the world. For more information visit