Re: Pretty Good Privacy Not Looking So Great

David Long (
Fri, 05 Dec 1997 13:29:08 -0500

>When you sell pgp to a company thats part of the key recovery teams, well
>then its pretty bad product time.
>Time for another innovator to step up and fill zimmermans place.

Perhaps some FoRKers can suggest what Mr. Zimmerman's board should have
done instead? To paraphrase a cyphernomicon[1]: "Don't get mad,
get even. Sell code."

My understanding is that despite "four million users in 50 countries"[2],
PGP, Inc. did not have appreciable revenue, and after one has run in
the red long enough, it can be very difficult to find financing.

I should think Cypherpunks would be happy to observe the rather lopsided
balance of power between politics and economics that this acquisition
demonstrates :-)