Wireshark 1.0

Its not breaking news, since it happened in March, but Wireshark 1.0 has been released. The news, for me at least, was that Wireshark even existed, never heard of it before. Somebody mentioned it recently when we were trying to diagnose a networking problem.

Rushing to the Wireshark site and downloading it, I ran it and said "this is great but it sure looks an awful lot like Ethereal." Ahhh, yeah! From the web site:

In May of 2006, Gerald Combs (the original author of Ethereal) went to work for CACE Technologies (best known for WinPcap). Unfortunately, he had to leave the Ethereal trademarks behind.

This left the project in an awkward position. The only reasonable way to ensure the continued success of the project was to change the name. This is how Wireshark was born.

I was also pleased to see that the interface had been upgraded to GTK2 since I last used Ethereal.

If you ever deal with networking problems and you're not familiar with Wireshark/Ethereal, make a mental note, it'll save your bacon one day.


Mitch Frazier is an Associate Editor for Linux Journal.


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Anonymous's picture

You're the Sys Admin for Linux Journal and you've never heard of wireshark. And didn't know that ethereal changed it's name back in 2006? Really!

Yep Really

Mitch Frazier's picture

Once in a while I do real work and name changes in things I only use once every few years slip by me.

Mitch Frazier is an Associate Editor for Linux Journal.


ryanknapper's picture

What is this "Ubuntu" the kids keep typing about?

Oh geez

Anonymous's picture

Relax... any info re name changes and code forks only helps the community.