On February 17th last year the very first commit to the RatticWeb repository was made. It was a Sunday at about 2pm and Elizabeta and I had just finished ranting to each other about how password management solutions were all broken in some fundamental way. Both being sysadmins we had seen this issue more often than we would care to admit.
The bit that really annoyed us was that nobody seemed to be really solving it. KeePass and GPG encrypted text files are okay for a small team with a small set of passwords but once either of those increases you end up having issues. There are a few commercial solutions that involved you trusting a third party with the keys to your kingdom, or forking out a very large amount of money. We also had a look at TeamPass, straining our eyes at the UI and trying to figure out how exactly to add a password. Eventually it dawned that there was currently nothing good out there, and nothing that we could imagine improving. In this situation there is really only one option left, write our own.
As a Linux sysadmin my entire career has hinged on open source software, depending on the generosity of others. I have always wanted to give something back. So there was never any question about making RatticDB open source, from the very first commit it just was. Since then RatticDB has evolved into a fully capable password manager that we trust with our own passwords.
So it is time for RatticDB to grow up and become a more mature software project. Beginning today RatticDB gets itself a new logo made by the very talented designer @stephiedooo. Our old logo was designed in about an hour by me, so its not surprising it needs a new one. Here is the old logo and the new one along side each other.
As you can see the improvement is amazing. Shortly after this post goes live we will be applying this new logo to rattic.org and releasing version 0.16 which, among other things, includes the new logo.
Along with the new logo there are a lot of other changes coming soon. After today’s birthday release we will be gearing up for a RatticDB 1.0 release, which will come with two factor authentication. We might have a whole year behind us now, but RatticDB is only just beginning.