I’m excited to announce that I’ve agreed to hand off the role of maintainer of Tcpreplay to Fred Klassen of AppNeta. Fred came to me with a laundry list of patches and significant enhancements that he had developed for improving Tcpreplay. After some soul searching of my own and talking it over with Fred, I came to the conclusion that Fred and AppNeta will be better able to provide the time and effort to improve Tcpreplay then I am able to going forward. While this was a difficult decision, I’ve realized that I don’t have the same level of interest or free time to devote to continue to improve Tcpreplay as I once did. Back in 2001 when I started working on Tcpreplay I was very active in the network security space and being able to generate traffic for testing network gear was important to me. But over time my career has evolved and I’m no longer doing this kind of testing and so my interest in the project has waned.
Choosing Fred as the new maintainer was a far easier decision- Fred is a capable developer, familiar with the code and both he and AppNeta have a vested interest in seeing Tcpreplay continue to thrive and improve. I’m sure all of you will share my excitement once you see what Fred has in store for Tcpreplay! While I am stepping down as the official maintainer, I’m not completely leaving the Tcpreplay community and will continue to provide guidance and advice for the project and probably the occasional code/documentation enhancement.
With Fred taking over the reins, there are some changes in the works including a new official website, GitHub repository and an upcoming release with lots of interesting enhancements which I’m sure will make many of you very happy. But perhaps one of the most important changes that Fred and AppNeta have agreed to is that all future releases of Tcpreplay will be under the GPLv3 license. This will guarantee that Tcpreplay continues to be Open Source and available free of charge to everyone.
Fred will be introducing himself to the list shortly. I hope some of you will take a moment to reach out and say hi and introduce yourself. I’m sure he’d love to hear any feature requests or bugs you might be currently seeing. :)