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ZDNet: OpenSSH's Cinderella story

Jul 11, 2000, 11:21 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephan Somogyi)

"...OpenSSH's tale teaches us about the benefits of restrictive source-code licenses."

"If SSH.com had not restricted the licenses for SSH1 and 2, the developers working on OpenSSH today might never have gotten worked up enough to start their efforts. The immediate positive feedback they received for their troubles provided the momentum to add the SSH2 functionality, thus turning the project from one of source-code liberation to outright innovation."

"Now that OpenSSH is available, we can but hope that all those telnet-centrics out there will get a clue and use it to include SSH implementations in their products."

"The moral of this tale? Next time you encounter a piece of software whose license is too restrictive for your tastes, don't get mad; do what the OpenSSH project did and get even!"

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