[Snort-users] Checkpoint Acquisition and the future of Open Source Snort
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Mon Oct 10 10:22:25 EDT 2005
Soo....Two opposing views, who will be right? Time
will tell my friends!
--- Paul Melson <pmelson at ...11827...> wrote:
> -----Original Message-----
> Subject: Re: [Snort-users] Checkpoint Acquisition
> and the future of Open
> Source Snort
> > Oh pullleeeze! I predict that Snort will be gone
> very soon. Let's seeeeee,
> a corporate
> > "competitor" buys up an open-source and FREE
> competitor, and things will
> remain the
> > same? Everything will continue to be free and
> people will continue to
> develop for it?
> > Uh-huh.
> > You know, I actually wouldn't mind paying a bit
> for Snort, but mostly
> because it is/was
> > a "grassroots program". We support the
> open-sourced communities. I mean,
> open-source is
> > all about alternatives, ingenuity and a sort of
> 'family'. Well folks, that
> is now
> > history. I believe Snort has now been 'sold out'.
> > The smartest thing for us to do is start looking
> for an alternative.
> > And open-source developers need to start building
> a newer and better
> system, if you're
> > a developer and want some fame and recognition,
> talk to me! I am no
> developer, but I
> > know enough about just about everything IT, and
> even some programming
> skills, and would
> > be glad to help. Now is the time to start!
> You say the sky is falling on Snort, but I doubt it
> for a number of reasons.
> 1. The GPL will minimally allow the ongoing use and
> development of Snort
> 2.4.x regardless of what Check Point wants to do.
> 2. Snort is a well-known brand in the IDS market -
> that's value Check Point
> would be foolish to throw away or relinquish control
> of by dismantling its
> open source engine.
> 3. Check Point has not shown itself to be a company
> that buys up competition
> in order to kill it (with one notable exception - I
> still maintain that they
> bought Zone to keep Cisco from buying them and using
> Integrity to compete
> with SecureClient, but that's another story.)
> 4. Sourcefire is more than just Snort. NIDS is an
> established market, and
> though Snort is a standard player, it would make
> more sense to me that Check
> Point might be pursuing some of the more leading
> edge stuff Sourcefire
> offers, such as RNA and Defense Center. (And
> between you and me, Check
> Point would do well to sell the Sourcefire
> appliances instead of their own
> starting immediately - InterSpect is a lousy engine,
> and most people know
> Just my $0.02, but this is much ado about very
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