Knoxville, Tenn.-based Aquatic has introduced AquaticPrime 1.0, an open source software licensing scheme aimed at helping shareware developers to protect their software against piracy. It’s compatible with Mac OS X v10.3 or later and works with both Cocoa and Carbon applications.
AquaticPrime uses RSA security and also provides a PHP-based implementation, so developers can generate license files on a Web server. Aquatic’s founder, Lucas Newman, said he created AquaticPrime because he disliked the registration methods provided by commercial companies.
“It seems to me that they provide proprietary, insecure algorithms and then tack on obnoxious activation schemes if you want any real security,” said Newman in a posting to the Aquatic Web site. He promises that AquaticPrime’s framework will always be free and open source.