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O'Reilly Network: Pay2Peer

By kmself in MLP
Sat Oct 14, 2000 at 04:52:10 AM EST
Tags: Technology (all tags)

"I stood up in the meeting yesterday and asked for the sense of the group whether this proposal was going in the wrong direction, and was met with thunderous applause", writes Tim O'Reilly at The O'Reilly Network (linked from LinuxToday). If P2P is the future of the net, how should its standards be determined?

Tim's written a good rant (some here could learn much) on how open standards should not, and should, be established. There are some harsh criticisms of Intel's attempts to grab control of the process with a "pay to play" process, and an illuminating description of the IETF's workings and organization. Well worth reading and reflecting on.


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This may be the only way Intel knows how to do it (3.00 / 1) (#2)
by katravax on Sun Oct 15, 2000 at 12:43:51 AM EST

As much as I disdain Intel, many of their policies, their bullying of vendors, and overpricing, I suspect they were only trying to run the meeting the only way they knew how.

Intel being a top-down type of company accustomed to dictating to its employees, vendors, and partners (and customers) how action will be taken has probably very little experience with open standards. They're accustomed to creating a product and having everyone follow/reverse engineer their lead. It could be Intel simply needs advice that "this is not how we do things on open standards". Their only probable fear of using the IETF model is probably not anarchy (the IETF doesn't have an anarchy problem), but losing the power they're accustomed to wielding. I'm willing to bet that if enough attendees made it known that they'd do the standards process without Intel if Intel doesn't comply with the way it's done, that Intel would fall in line rather quickly.

Intel is accustomed to being the company that calls the shots, and thus doesn't know how to participate in an open standards process. I'd say explain it to them, give them a chance, and if they don't go along with The Way It's Done, ditch them.

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