RE: Inside PIX?

From: Andrew J. Luca (andrew.lucaat_private)
Date: Sun May 17 1998 - 12:23:38 PDT

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    I believe that this product came from a company called PIX in the first
    place.  When Cisco takes and IOS-ifies an acquired box, they often just
    change the commands to look more like the traditional IOS commands as
    possible.  Look at the LightStream, Crescendo, Grand Junction, (the list
    goes on) devices just to get an idea of this.  I don't think that what is in
    the box matters.  Just how it does it's job.  Cisco has been pushing - just
    as other manufacturers have - away from proprietary architectures as
    possible.  They even released a router platform about eighteen months ago
    which uses a PCI based bus for interface cards (7200 platform).
    Just my opinion - I don't work for Cisco.
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    From:	owner-firewall-wizardsat_private [mailto:owner-firewall-wizardsat_private]
    On Behalf Of arkat_private
    Sent:	Thursday, May 14, 1998 11:27 AM
    To:	firewall-wizardsat_private
    Subject:	Inside PIX?
    There was a posting in some days ago: one man
    told he opened the PIX box and guess what was inside? Yep, you are
    right. The generic chinese PC motherboard with Pentium CPU.
    Not just some Pentium-based piece of hardware, but _PC_ motherboard.
    IDE controller and some other things were removed but..
    Then, did anybody try to take a closer look on the software?
    I guess (if the assumption that PIX software is an IOS derivative is
    right) porting IOS to the PC was not as hard as one might think
    (assuming that IOS was really written in gcc as rumors say): not easy
    but not harder than porting from one cisco hardware platform to another
    (some ciscos are (were) actually a m68k-based _computer_ with nearly
    no tricky hardware things implemented and others have nearly nothing
    common with first ones)
    ..i am just curious. It would be funny to see IOS running on PC ;)
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