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ZDNet: Open source's quiet revenge

Feb 21, 2001, 20:37 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Leibovitch)

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"Last week, I said I'd be discussing the business models used by Linux distributors and vendors of other open source software. While it's still my intention to do so, I just couldn't neglect a fascinating tale that unfolded this week surrounding the Secure Shell (SSH) Internet protocol and its related software."

"While the search for truly workable open source business models remains a challenge, the SSH experience offers a textbook case of a business practice that, from what I can see, is doomed to fail. SSH is a sort of secure Telnet-type connection running over an encrypted channel and featuring full public-key-based authentication. The first release was developed under an open license and attracted a worldwide community of developers. SSH head developer Tatu Ylonen submitted the underlying protocol as an Internet standard."

"Version one of SSH became quite a community project. Because of U.S. government restrictions, it wasn't adopted as quickly as proponents would have liked. But for many security-conscious folk, SSH became the replacement for Telnet and FTP."

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