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Upside: Zero Knowledge marks Freedom milestone

Oct 26, 2000, 20:37 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

"When Mozilla veteran Mike Shaver joined Zero Knowledge as chief software officer in January, one of his initial pledges was to give the Montreal-based security startup more of an open source development style. Monday, both Shaver and Zero Knowledge finally lived up to that pledge when the company released the source code for the Linux version of its Freedom 2.0 client."

"For Shaver, a Canadian programmer best known for his brief tenure as the chief lizard wrangler for the Mozilla project following Jamie Zawinsky's well-publicized departure, the source code release represents the end of a grueling six-month process. Although one of his original goals in joining the company was to incorporate many of the coding tools and practices developed during his two years with the Mozilla project, Shaver says he had to get used to Zero Knowledge's internal development culture first."

"Shaver says putting the company on a track toward community-based development was more of an "education process" than anything else. Even at the time of his arrival, Zero Knowledge developers were using many of the same open development tools as the Mozilla team, such as CVS, the source code version control system, and Bugzilla, the bug and feature tracking database. Instead of evangelizing, Shaver says his main task during the past six months has been consensus building."

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