When did Cerberus go Shareware?

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When did Cerberus go Shareware?

Post by KevDog » Tue Oct 27, 2009 1:56 am


I've been using Cerberus for years (since at least 2005) -- perhaps you have remembered my name -- but was surprised when I found out it recently is now a commercial product. Congratulations. When did all this happen?


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Re: When did Cerberus go Shareware?

Post by Serin » Tue Oct 27, 2009 4:20 pm

Hello KevDog,

The Cerberus license hasn't changed at all. Cerberus FTP Server has always been free for personal use and has always required purchasing a license for commercial use. It is still free for personal use.

There have been a few changes as of 3.0. The first is that there are now three separate edition, vice just one flavor of Cerberus. The free version gets the same features as the Personal edition after the 30 day evaluation period ends.

The free/Personal edition has every feature that 2.X had except allowing large numbers of connections and Active Directory authentication. Active Directory authentication was moved into the paid Professional edition. It was a feature used almost exclusively by larger companies. Simultaneous connections are now limited to 20 for the free edition but I feel that should be far more than enough for someone using Cerberus FTP Server for personal use. Except for those two changes, the free edition has everything that 2.X had and a whole lot more.

There are several new features in 3.0 that are targeted exclusively at companies and are only available for the commercial version of Cerberus. Those features include LDAP authentication, client certificate verification, FIPS 140-2 certified encryption, and the ability to administer the server via a web interface. Those features are all new for 3.0 and require the most work on our part to maintain. That's another reason they are only available in the commercial versions.

I hope that explanation helps.