certain death writes "Being on the mailing list for SourceFire, I recieved notice on the 17th that they had acquired ClamAV. They are stating in the mass mail they sent out that they will keep the ClamAV project open. They have setup a FAQ and some other informational pages linked from their main page on http://www.clamav.net/ SourceFire has already setup a product page located here http://sourcefire.com/products/clamav/. Here is the actual content of the email that was sent by their Chairman and CEO Wayne Jackson. It leads one to wonder how a community project can be "Bought" and why if they are keeping it open source would they want to do this?
To Our Valued Customers,
Today Sourcefire® announced the acquisition of ClamAV(TM), a leading open source gateway anti-virus and anti-malware project. This acquisition is consistent with our commitment to open source and our experience in balancing the needs of our commercial customers with continued investment in the open source community.
ClamAV is an open source network anti-virus and anti-malware toolkit designed for broad-spectrum malware detection. It provides a number of utilities including a flexible and scalable multi-threaded daemon, a command line scanner and an advanced tool for automatic virus signature updates. With nearly 1 million unique IP addresses downloading ClamAV malware updates every day across more than 120 mirrors in 38 countries, ClamAV is one of the most widely adopted open source network security projects worldwide.
Many critical market segments depend on ClamAV's ability to identify deeply embedded threats such as viruses, trojans, spyware and other forms of malware. These include:
Unified Threat Management (UTM) Systems
Secure Web Gateways
Secure Mail Gateways
While we are not making any specific product announcements related to ClamAV at this time, we do anticipate offering products based on ClamAV as a part of our Enterprise Threat Management product family in the latter half of 2008. In the meantime, Sourcefire intends to offer support and training services to the many users of ClamAV beginning in Q4 of this year.
Sourcefire is committed to investing in and advancing the ClamAV technology, just as we have with Snort and Snort.org. Sourcefire is absolutely committed to the continued distribution of ClamAV and the ClamAV malware database as an open source solution under the terms of the GPL.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
To learn more about this transaction, please visit: www.sourcefire.com/products/clamav/.
Chairman and CEO
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