Sharkfest 2016 with Wireshark 2.0.4 – The Founder - Gerald Combs - A fun perspective and history! (by Tim The Oldcommguy)
Sharkfest 2016 with Wireshark 2.0.4 – A fun perspective and history!
Everyone knows of Gerald Combs the founder of Wireshark, previously Ethereal, but few really know much about this smart, dedicated, kind, gentle and giving person.
Wireshark is a world class network capture and analysis tool, but it is much more as it is the dream of Gerald Combs.
Gerald has always been a dreamer and always wanted to do something cool. He got his wish when in the late 90’s he decided that we, the network industry needed a tool that could be shared by everyone. In reality he was tired of having to hunt down and “borrow” the Sniffer. So he started Ethereal mainly for decoding the packets that had been captured with the NGC Sniffer!
So Ethereal was born with the help of some super social and technical friends that had the same vision and wanted to do something about the need!
Those friends were Richard Sharpe, Guy Harris and Gilbert Ramirez who with Gerald started the path of Ethereal to Wireshark. Of course there are many developers that have contributed to Wireshark over the years!