[Spread-users] Spread release 3.16.0 -- New Open-Source license

Jonathan Stanton jonathan at cnds.jhu.edu
Wed Jun 27 17:29:23 EDT 2001

I'm very happy to announce the release of Spread 3.16.0. Spread is now
licensed under an open-source license, similiar to BSD (but not the same).
This release also includes several new features and some important
bugfixes and performance improvements. 


Here is the official announcement:

Spread 3.16.0 released as Open Source. http://www.spread.org

Spread is a toolkit that provides a high performance messaging service 
that is resilient to faults across external or internal networks. Spread 
functions as a unified message bus for distributed applications, and 
provides highly tuned application-level multicast and group communication 
support. Spread services range from reliable message passing to fully 
ordered messages with delivery guarantees, even in case of computer 
failures and network partitions.

Spread is designed to encapsulate the challenging aspects of asynchronous 
networks and enable the construction of scalable distributed applications, 
allowing application builders to focus on the differentiating components 
of their application.

A major new version, 3.16.0, of the Spread toolkit was released today. 
The main changes are:

1) New Open Source License. Based on BSD (but not identical).
2) A new authentication and access control framework to enable strong
   client authentication and configurable access policy enforcement.
3) Fixed to be compatible with the current release of Secure Spread and the
   Flush library (http://www.cnds.jhu.edu).
4) Configurable support for multiple interfaces on one machine. Options
   to control which interfaces Spread listens on are provided.
5) Considerable performance improvement for joins and leaves.
6) Updated libraries (perl, java, C)
7) Spread will generate a unique user name for you if you want.
8) Programs packaged with Spread now all have "sp" beginning their names
   to avoid conflicts with other programs called "monitor".
9) Bugfixes.

With the new open source license, the Apache Spread logging license and the
Apache-SSL license do not seem necessary, as commercial use under the main
open source license is now allowed. If you have any questions, or for more 
details please see http://www.spread.org/license/

Other commercial licenses or other licensing arrangements are available. 
Please contact yairamir at spreadconcepts.com. We are looking for partners 
interested in using group communications and/or replication to solve 
demanding, real-world problems.

Jonathan R. Stanton         jonathan at cs.jhu.edu
Dept. of Computer Science   
Johns Hopkins University    

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