Is Tor an *implementation* or a *protocol*?
nickm at freehaven.net
Sun Dec 31 19:28:12 UTC 2006
On Sun, Dec 31, 2006 at 12:23:50PM -0500, chris at seberino.org wrote:
> If I implement the Tor spec am I implementing the "Onion Routing Protocol" or
> the "Tor Protocol"?
Tor is an implementation, a protocol, and a project. If you implement
the protocol, you should probably make clear that you implement the
Tor Protocol, but that you're not providing Tor the software or
affiliated with Tor the project.
> Is Tor just the name for an *implementation* of the protocol called 'Onion
> Routing' ?
"Onion routing" is a concept that encompasses a large number of
protocols, from the original "Onion Routing" protocols Tor derives
from, to other protocols like Freedom, MorphMix, and so on. Tor is
the _latest version_ of the Onion Routing protocol (inasmuch as there
is an official protocol), but other protocols do onion routing too.
happy new year,
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