[Pdns-users] [Pdns-dev] An important update on new PowerDNS Products

Martijn Grendelman martijn at grendelman.net
Tue Feb 23 10:22:44 UTC 2016

Says someone using a redhat.com email address. LMAO.


Op 23-2-2016 om 11:19 schreef Veaceslav Mindru:
> Meh one more turned the dark side ...
> VM
> On Tue, Feb 23, 2016 at 11:14 AM, bert hubert <bert.hubert at powerdns.com> wrote:
>> Hi everybody,
>> This is a heads-up on some announcements you will be seeing on powerdns.com
>> relating to new PowerDNS products which (gasp) are not fully Open Source. We
>> know this is a sensitive subject, so before we go live, we want to inform
>> you fully of what we are doing. We’d also like to hear & incorporate your
>> feedback.
>> The tl;dr: PowerDNS will remain enthusiastically Open Source, but we will be
>> selling a ready-to use ‘Platform’ of PowerDNS Open Source & other
>> technologies, without degrading our current products. For details, please
>> read on.
>> As you may know, PowerDNS sells support on the core nameserver technologies:
>> PowerDNS Authoritative Server, PowerDNS Recursor and dnsdist. And this is
>> going well, well enough to fund four full-time developers & engineers. This
>> delivers a lot of value to the Open Source world.
>> Over the past few years, as part of our paid support, we have also been
>> delivering custom PowerDNS configurations based on our open source products.
>> Such configurations integrate with Graphite, Ansible, exabgp, bird, iptables
>> and loads of other products to deliver features like parental control,
>> configuration management, governmental/judicial blacklists, DoS protection
>> of (legacy) nameservers, malware filtering, quarantining, NXDOMAIN
>> redirection, “customer communications”, monitoring, user-experience
>> graphing, audit trail of configuration changes, (management) reporting,
>> webbased control, BGP/OSPF/VRRP failover, ‘production’ DNS64 etc etc.
>> What we have also found is that many of our users (big hosters, large scale
>> telecommunications service providers) need more from us than
>> “/usr/sbin/pdns_recursor”. Although PowerDNS can easily be integrated with
>> lots of things to deliver powerful functionalities and many of our users
>> still love open source, they would prefer to get it packaged in a more ready
>> to use way.
>> Putting it more strongly: we have learned that many organizations simply no
>> longer have the time or desire to assemble all the technologies themselves
>> around our Open Source products.
>> We will therefore be marketing the additional functionalities we have been
>> delivering to our customers as a product tentatively called the “PowerDNS
>> Platform”. I say tentatively because we want to inform you of this news
>> first, even before we have settled on a name and updated our website with
>> the new product.
>> The “PowerDNS Platform” as we ship it consists of our core unmodified Open
>> Source products, plus loads of other open source technologies, combined with
>> a management shell that is not an Open Source product that we’ll in fact
>> sell.
>> Now, we understand this may be worrying some to some of you. Some formerly
>> truly Open Source products like MySQL are going down a path where you can
>> see their products turning into a sales pitch for the commercially licensed
>> version. Some other Open Source nameservers have used their liberal
>> licensing to sell ‘subscriber versions‘ of their software that have
>> additional core functionalities. This might create doubt if the product in
>> its Open Source version will retain the capabilities discerning users of
>> open software demand.
>> We would therefore like to clarify that we regard our core Open Source
>> products as our crown jewels, jewels which only shine because we are an
>> integral part of the DNS and PowerDNS Communities with whom we work together
>> to create great software.We will continue to make sure that our nameserver
>> software is a viable and hopefully even the best choice for the Internet at
>> large. And in fact, there will not be “two versions” of the PowerDNS
>> nameserver software: of the actual daemons there will be just one version –
>> also because we would otherwise not get the advantages of scale we get from
>> over 150000 deployments!
>> Simultaneously, we hope that by bringing PowerDNS in a more integrated
>> fashion will enable more companies to benefit from running Open Source &
>> open standards based software. Because this is what deeply believe in – that
>> the future of the world is open, and that software can simultaneously be
>> good Open Source and also work well in a commercial environment.
>> Thank you for reading this to the end! We would like to hear your feedback
>> and perhaps worries. Please contact me onbert.hubert at powerdns.com to let us
>> know your thoughts and concerns.
>> Bert
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