[Snort-users] Check Point Software Technologies to Acquire Sourcefire

Murali Raju protocoljunkie at ...11827...
Thu Oct 6 05:06:43 EDT 2005


I agree. Normally I'm skeptic, but Marty and Sourcefire have continued to
support the true spirit of Open Source unlike others. Congrats!

_Raju

On 10/6/05, Richard Harman <snort at ...13383...> wrote:
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> The good thing is that Snort is GPL. If CheckPoint/Sourcefire decides
> to take the current code base and relicense it, we've still got what's
> been previously released under the GPL. You can't take back licensing
> something under the GPL, that's why it's been called "viral". Push come
> to shove, Snort could be forked from the current GPL codebase into a new
> project. It's happened before in other situations.
>
> SourceFire is a good company, and I don't think we've got anything to
> worry about.
>
>
> carlopmart at ...11827... wrote:
> > I think that this is a bad news. I known CheckPoint (I take working with
> > them arround 6 years with CheckPoint products) and I think that snort
> > stopped being GPL/free in one or two years maximum ....
> >
> > i repeat: bad notice for GNU community.
> >
> > Sorry for my bad english.
> >
> > Jennifer Steffens wrote:
> >
> >> Hi Everyone,
> >>
> >> We are very excited to announce that Check Point has signed an
> >> agreement to acquire Sourcefire. We understand that this announcement
> >> affects not only Sourcefire but the community as well. We want to be
> >> sure to put everyone's mind at ease that Snort is now and will
> >> continue to be free to end-users. We will continue to develop and
> >> distribute the Snort engine under the GPL, improve and document the
> >> program to stay on the cutting edge and expand the snort.org<http://snort.org>web
> >> site. The community continues, as always, to be important to us as a
> >> group of people who use the code pervasively throughout the entire
> >> Internet, report on problems and make suggestions and contributions to
> >> the project. Check Point is very excited about continuing
> >> Sourcefire's involvement with the open source community!
> >>
> >> Read a message from Marty Roesch, Snort creator, to the community at
> >> http://www.snort.org/about_snort/msg_from_marty/mr_100605.html.
> >>
> >> Regards,
> >> Jennifer
> >>
> >>
> >> --
> >> Jennifer Steffens
> >> Director, Product Management - Snort
> >> Sourcefire, Inc
> >>
> >>
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