Way to damage your own credibility
So much for GRSecurity's credibility, in my opinion this moves them right down into the regions of the patent trolls and other nasties which can't win a disagreement using arguments and therefor need to stoop as low as lawsuits. The lawsuit alone makes me side with Mr. Perens on this one by the way.
For the simple reason that this is how his blog posts opens (I quote and emphasized an important detail): "It’s my strong opinion that your company should avoid the Grsecurity product sold at grsecurity.net because it presents a contributory infringement and breach of contract risk.".
SO basically these (in my opinion): scammers are trying to prevent someone from sharing his opinion. That's the bottom line here. Whatever happened to freedom of speech?
But worse yet: if a security firm tries to prevent someone from sharing their opinion then what else are they trying to cover up? That would be my immediate follow up question. You see, within the field of security (and security breaches) it's a very common (but not very ethical) practice not to disclose any security issues and to try and hush them up. All in the name of "best interests" of course, even though sharing the whole thing is usually 1) more honest towards customers or other directly involved parties and 2) might even help others to protect themselves more efficiently.
As such my conspiracy theory: what else have those grsecurity dudes tried to cover up like this?
What guarantee do I have that they haven't tried to force someone to take down a post which tried to warn people about major backdoors being present in GRSecurity?
Hear me out: If this is how they treat someone who makes it very clear that he's only sharing an opinion, then seriously: how would they respond to someone who claims to be sharing facts, the kind which could seriously damage their reputation?
I honestly wouldn't touch GRSecurity with a ten foot pole anymore, let alone put any trust in it to keep my stuff safe. Not after reading about this ordeal (and confirming it for myself).