[Emerging-Sigs] GPL SID Change (was The New Rulesets are Ready!!)

Mike Lococo mikelococo at gmail.com
Thu Oct 14 10:31:41 EDT 2010

>>> On Oct 13, 2010, at 8:37 AM, Weir, Jason wrote:
>>>> If I use the open-nongpl + vrt free rulesets then I wont get the updated
>>>> GPL rules from you guys..
>>>> ...
>>>> What's your reason behind not changing the SIDs?
>> On 10/13/2010 10:31 AM, Matthew Jonkman wrote:
>>> Good points, but we're hoping VRT will follow any changes we make in
>>> the VRT stuff. And so far they have, that's in everyone's interest.
>>> My best recommendation, use the ET Pro rules. :)
>> Is there any *benefit* to not changing the sid's, though?  There are a
>> lot of potential customers who are currently running VRT, and many of us
>> are going to want to test the rulesets in parallel while we consider a
>> switch to ET Pro.

On 10/14/2010 04:38 AM, Matthew Jonkman wrote:
> Appreciate your thoughts Mike. We could set up an etpro-nogpl, but
> running those in parallel will be complete duplication, plus what pro does.

etpro-nogpl would be better than nothing, although it's still not as 
flexible as simply fixing the sids since it continues to be difficult to 
do any parallel testing of the GPL rules themselves or to pick and 
choose between them.

I think the bigger issue here is the apparent willingness to introduce 
incompatibilities between the rulesets.  While I know your stated intent 
is to eclipse the VRT with a better product, and I wish you the best 
fortunes in that venture, it's long been the practice at ET not to 
sid-conflict with another major rules-project.  That shouldn't change 
with etpro, it's the Right Thing (tm) and it puts end-users in the 
drivers-seat with regard to rule-selection.  Already Jason, Kevin, 
Waldo, myself (and Joel, if he counts) have participated in discussion 
about workarounds for this issue... and while they're not 
rocket-science, they're not obvious even to experienced snorters like us 
and the rule-processing tools need updates to gracefully handle the 

I would feel much better with a commitment not to sid-conflict with 
another major rules project (VRT or otherwise).


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