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Re: CDE for Linux
From: bandregg () REDHAT COM (bandregg () REDHAT COM)
Date: Fri, 23 Oct 1998 21:43:22 -0400


On Thu, 22 Oct 1998 16:11:50 -0700, Susan Carney wrote:
As many of you know, in September Red Hat announced that Netscape and
Intel were taking equity positions in Red Hat. Also, within this month
all commercial products that Red Hat sold were dropped. The leading ones
were TED and Applix. They were dropped for different reasons.


I can personally attest that these two events are unrelated and to see them
mentioned in the same paragraph is gross innuendo.

On September 25, 1998 Red Hat announced that they were dropping their
CDE product (TED) because of a "security hole". They cited the following
CERT:

http://www.cert.org/advisories/CA-98.11.tooltalk.html

In actuality, TriTeal and Red Hat were in discussions about fixing this
CERT, and updating the product to a more current version. But, instead
they decided to drop the product. In my opinion I think they wanted to
remain an open source product - and thus dropped both TED and Applix.

While it is true that Red Hat is dedicated to Open Source software and
certainly moving in that direction it is also true that the costs involved in
fixing a product so horribly insecure and not being able to release the source
fixes was the main reason.

After all, we aren't giving refunds just because we sold a binary only product.

--
                Bryan C. Andregg * <bandregg () redhat com> * Red Hat Software

"Hey, wait a minute, you clowns are on dope!"
        -- Owen Cheese in 'Shakes the Clown'



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