[Snort-users] Demarc Certified Open Signatures
pauls at ...6838...
Fri Mar 4 11:46:27 EST 2005
--On Thursday, March 03, 2005 12:41:31 PM -0500 Wayne Jackson
<wayne.jackson at ...1935...> wrote:
> We have gone WAY above and beyond, in my humble opinion, protecting the
> Snort user community and that should be even more evident as the new site
> goes live Monday.
Oh, Lord, he says, scrambling to figure out what links will break on
While I agree wholeheartedly with your remarks, Wayne, I'd like to extend
them even further.
Have those who are now complaining bitterly even given any thought to the
work that Sourcefire *contributes* to the open source community at no
charge? Rather than assuming the worst will happen (which IMNSHO is highly
unlikely *anyway*) why not be thankful for the contributions of Marty and
Brian, et. al. to open source?
In the very worst case, someone would simply fork the snort development off
to a new IDS if Sourcefire ever tried to "take it private". Furthermore,
Wayne makes a very good point about "others" who ignore the licensing
requirements of the GPL.
While open source is wonderful, it is *not* a license to steal someone
else's work, claim it as your own and *sell* the technology to others,
without giving the developers any credit. Those are are strong open source
advocates should be *especially* offended by this behavior *and* thankful
that Sourcefire is willing **and has the funding** to *do* something about
As for the snide remark about 92K for a Sourcefire appliance --- if you've
seen RNA, then you would know that it's worth every penny of it *and* no
one is forcing you to buy their product.
Some folks just need to get a grip.
Paul Schmehl (pauls at ...6838...)
Adjunct Information Security Officer
The University of Texas at Dallas
AVIEN Founding Member
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