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BeOpen.com: BeOpen Interview with Randy Terbush of Covalent Technologies

Jun 19, 2000, 14:52 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

[ Thanks to BeOpen for this link. ]

"Randy Terbush is the founder and president of Covalent, a San Francisco-based company that sells security and networking tools built to augment the functionality of the Open Source Apache Web server. Some have referred to Covalent as the Red Hat of Apache, referring to the fact that the company has been the first to establish a widely branded presence in a marketplace many see as the true bastion of Open Source software development."

"Unlike Red Hat, however, Covalent mixes proprietary and Open Source development, selling closed source products such as RavenSSL, a secure socket layer which allows businesses to use Apache as a platform for e-commerce. Because RavenSSL incorporates cryptography protected by the RSA patent, Terbush notes that Covalent could not release it as an Open Source product even if it wanted to. At the same time, however, as a charter member of Apache group, the seven member committee of Internet experts that oversee Apache's Open Source protocols, he sees no conflict in companies using Open Source software as a starting point for further proprietary development."

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