Vendor comments on plan to remove telnet, ftp and eventually appl/bsd

Wyllys Ingersoll wyllys.ingersoll at
Tue Jul 23 08:59:01 EDT 2002

Distributing the core libraries and utilities without any actual
client/server applications that actually use the protocol will
make it a significantly less useful package.   One big reason
people choose Kerberos is to secure their authentication
across a network and additionally to have some encryption
support for previously unencrypted protocols (telnet, r*).
If you remove these apps from the distribution, the incentive to
select Kerberos and go to the trouble of downloading, building,
and installing it will be much less if there is not a set of
applications that will make the network user's daily traffic
more secure.

Having users get the core stuff from MIT, then pointing them to
SRP for telnet and somewhere else for FTP and somewhere else
for BSD commands is going to discourage many people from
even attempting to use it (IMHO).  I really think having at least
a minimal set of remote apps is critical to the success and continued
adoption of Kerberos in the future.

-Wyllys Ingersoll

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