· Naughties
· · 2004
· · · August
· · · · 05 (2 entries)

IETF News · The IETF, de­spite the fact that it keeps the In­ter­net run­ning, doesn’t get much news cov­er­age. I sus­pect that’s part­ly be­cause its struc­ture is pret­ty well 100% opaque and in­com­pre­hen­si­ble to out­siders (and it seems to not a few in­sid­er­s, es­pe­cial­ly new­bies like me). There’s ac­tu­al­ly no such or­ga­ni­za­tion as the IETF but there are (in al­pha­bet­i­cal or­der) CNRI (who run the Sec­re­tari­at) and Foretec and the In­ter­net Ar­chi­tec­ture Board (IAB) and the In­ter­net As­signed Num­bers Author­i­ty (IANA) and the In­ter­net Cor­po­ra­tion for As­signed Names and Num­bers (ICANN) and the In­ter­net Engi­neer­ing Steer­ing Group (IESG) and the In­ter­net Re­search Task Force and the In­ter­net So­ci­ety (ISOC) and the RFC Edi­tor. Any­how, there’s news. Big news, I think. Most of it I don’t un­der­stand and the parts that I do I may have been told in con­fi­dence. The fair­ly se­vere angst com­ing out of this spilled over in­to the Jab­ber chan­nels from Thurs­day night’s ple­nary ses­sion. I think it may be as smooth and sim­ple as the IETF try­ing to do the same thing more ef­fi­cient­ly, or it could be a lot more com­pli­cat­ed and ug­ly. Don’t ask me to ex­plain it; but I think it mat­ter­s.
Patents and Linux · The wires are full of news around Lin­ux and Pa­tents, with OSRM claim­ing that Lin­ux in­fringes lots of ’em, and IBM promis­ing not to lit­i­gate ’em. Wel­l, I go way back on this is­sue; here­with a soft­ware patent war sto­ry, fla­vored with the usu­al cyn­i­cis­m ...
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