Cisco To Join The Dow -- And Will Take Linux With It

Anyone who doesn't know the economy is unwell has obviously been off the planet or in a cave for the last nine months. Despite the government's attempt to stop the bleeding, one company after another has collapsed — the latest to join the list is General Motors, a fixture in American automotive culture. GM's situation, which included filing for bankruptcy this week, comes with an additional blow to the company, if not fiscally then to its corporate pride: the company's bankruptcy filing has disqualified it from inclusion in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, an honor it has held for eighty-three years, a record second only to General Electric's 102 years.

GM's loss, however, is technology's gain, as one more staple in the tech lineup will take the automotive giant's place. Cisco Systems, the networking powerhouse that claims as much as a 68% share in certain areas of the networking market, will be added to the venerable index on June 8 — it will become the fifth technology firm in the current lineup, along with Hewlett-Packard, Intel, IBM, and Microsoft. Other members of the index, which includes thirty stocks considered to be a representative sample of the overall market, include such American corporate icons as AT&T, Coca-Cola, the aforementioned General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, McDonalds, Wal-Mart, and Walt Disney.

CEO John Chambers, speaking to reporters at the Cisco Partner Summit, called the inclusion a "tremendous honor" while acknowledging that it comes with "mixed emotions" stemming from the displacement of General Motors — Chambers described GM as a great company, customer, and partner as well as "an icon." Dow chief Robert Thompson proclaimed Cisco a "fitting addition," saying the company's offerings "are vital to an economy and culture still adapting to the Information Age - just as automobiles were essential to America in the 20th Century."

Cisco is one of the largest contributors to the Linux kernel, and just over a year ago announced the opening of the company's Integrated Services Routers to third-party development via Linux-based modules. The company also sponsored a $100,000 competition for ISR developers, which just completed its first phase with the announcement of ten finalists who will now move on to application development, submitting their final products before August 15.


Justin Ryan is a Contributing Editor for Linux Journal.


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Perhaps contributor was just

Anonymous's picture

Perhaps contributor was just a poor choice of words. Both my modem and my router are linux based, and produced by Cisco.

yes he said contributor

Anonymous's picture

Did you read anything? Mr. Ryan definitely meant "contributor." Using Linux code and writing it are two different things.

Cisco not that big a contributor

netadmin's picture

There you go again with "Cisco is one of the largest contributors to the Linux kernel." Do you work for them? Here are the numbers:
"The study also found that over 70 percent of all contributions come from developers working for companies. Leading the pack is Red Hat with 11.2 percent of the total number of changes. Novell follows at 8.9 percent, with IBM coming in third at 8.3 percent. Other notables include Intel at 4.1 percent, Oracle at 1.3 percent, MontaVista at 1.2 percent and Cisco at 0.5 percent.

"While the Linux Foundation report identifies a good number of companies that are contributing, the single largest change contributor at 13.9 percent is listed as 'none'.

"The 'none' is descriptive of people who are on their own and are just individual contributors... Perhaps more interestingly is the fact that the report also notes that developers with unknown corporate affiliation represent 12.9 percent of Linux kernel changes."

They're definitely not one of the largest contributors. While Cisco's contributions are undoubtedly welcome and good, you're trying to make it sound like they're more significant than they really are. Just like when you thought it was a shame to make them honor the GPL,

The original report is here
and it shows that Cisco is #21.

It is a noteworthy achievement to make the Dow, and Cisco is a good strong company. They don't need shills.

Why complain ?

Jason's picture

You said yourself that Cisco is the 7th top contributor to the kernel. That's big. The fact that the % numbers are so low just shows how many contributors there are. The linux kernel contribution landscape is huge and flat. I don't understand why someone would try to use that fact to belittle someone else's work.

Thank you, Cisco for contributing. The linux kernel is strong in networking and I appreciate the additions, corrections and improvements you have made small or large. Any help is welcome. Thanks again.

Umm what planet did you

Lantesh's picture

Umm what planet did you learn basic mathematics on. By your own count they are in the top 7, which would make them a top contributor, and .05% is very significant.

Sorry for my typo. .5% not

Lantesh's picture

Sorry for my typo. .5% not .05%