"Philip R. Zimmermann, author of encryption program Pretty Good
Privacy, is suggesting current owner Network Associates open-source
PGP's code as one alternative to the program dying on the vine at
the company. 'I would strongly prefer PGP be Open Source compared
with the current scenario, because right now it's locked in
intellectual property prison and no one can get it,' he says. 'Open
Source would be much better.'
"Zimmermann says a return to open-code status is one option he
could live with. His first choice for PGP, however, would be to buy
it back from Network Associates. He sold PGP in 1997, but last
year, the company gave up trying to make PGP profitable and put it
up for sale. But the company hasn't been able off-load it, and PGP
is now in limbo world.
"Zimmermann says he can't buy back PGP for one very simple
reason: 'I don't have the money to buy it back...'"