Friday, June 09, 2006
Why Discard Your Brand?
Sometimes you have to make the best of a bad situation, with no warning. Good-bye Ethereal, hello Wireshark. Gerald Combs, original author and primary Ethereal developer, left his job at Network Integration Services, Inc. and joined CACE Technologies. Unfortunately, NIS owns the Ethereal trademark, and Mr. Combs wasn't able to take it with him. He also lost administrative rights to the servers hosting Ethereal.com, so he can't post news of the name change there. So, nearly eight years after the first public release, Ethereal is dead. Long live Wireshark -- especially with 1.0 expected very soon.