The recent announcement that Nortel purchased Pingtel and SipFoundry has left me with mixed emotions.

On the one hand, it is good to see that the big boys in the telecom industry are taking open source telecom seriously. Congratulations to the SipFoundry team for having produced something of such obvious quality that they were the first of the open source telecom projects to be scooped up by one of the big boys.

On the other hand, it is hard to contemplate the magnitude of cultural shift that would have to happen at a place like Nortel, in order for something like this to avoid being squashed by corporate politics and entrenched ways of thinking.

Hopefully, Nortel will assume a hands-off policy with respect to SipFoundry, but how many big corporations can resist imposing policy on any new aquisition?

At the risk of adding nothing to the discussion other than negativity, I must be honest and state that I fear for the future of SipFoundry.

I hope that I am wrong, and that good things come from this.

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