[Netalyzr] hello, two things please
christian at icir.org
Wed Jan 3 10:01:43 PST 2018
On 01/03/2018 04:07 AM, Brian J. Murrell wrote:
> Is it open source? That could go a long way to making an otherwise
> doomed project self-sustaining.
I hear you Brian, but unfortunately that view is simplistic. Running an
open-source project well takes significant cycles to sustain
communication, documentation, support, etc. Also, sourcing/managing
high-quality contributions can be a real challenge. We know this very
well, since we're already running large open-source projects, such as
the Bro network monitor.
> If it's not open source, why isn't it,
It's not currently open source, but we have repeatedly handed out code
and data to interested collaborators at our discretion. We didn't
open-source our code for several reasons, including the additional
resource drain it would entail, and the fact that we did not want to be
in the API maintenance business to allow other parties to build tests
against our back-ends.
In retrospect, I agree that perhaps we should have, but that's easy to
say once a project is successful. You'll be happy to hear that once we
intentionally and as a side-effect of using that language.
> particularly when it's being
> developed at a non-profit center for research in computer science at an
Indeed, our mission is fundamental research, so please judge us by the
success of our papers, not the availability of our code. Our projects
have anywhere from zero to complete compatibility with open-source
development, and we structure them accordingly. We are actually one of
the most open-source-supportive research groups I can think of.
> Not to mention it's at least partial government (IOW, taxpayer)
> funded (NSF as one).
Netalyzr is currently not NSF-funded at all. Even if it were, such
funding doesn't imply open-sourcing of code in any way.
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