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Upside: Covalent mixes proprietary and open source software

Oct 23, 2000, 14:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

"...Although the company doesn't have any blockbuster announcements aside from a new professional services and training program and a recent upgrade to its flagship Raven SSL Web security product, the company does have one consistent message for ApacheCon attendees: Proprietary software tools mixed with open source platforms are the way to go in today's marketplace."

"We call it our hybrid business model," says Jack. "We absolutely think that this is the business paradigm for the future around open source and we are the pioneers of it."

"In other words, just because the company is no longer bound by patent issues related to RSA -- the public key encryption algorithm whose patent expired in September -- don't expect to see a 100 percent open source version of Raven SSL on the market anytime soon."

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