Re: [homenet] Genart last call review of draft-ietf-homenet-babel-profile-05

Juliusz Chroboczek <jch@irif.fr> Wed, 21 February 2018 19:09 UTC

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Subject: Re: [homenet] Genart last call review of draft-ietf-homenet-babel-profile-05
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> I too think the rationale is important but the phrasing may be confusing. Being
> a native speaker of U.S. English (and almost fluent in Southern Californiaese
> ;-) I found the colloquialisms confusing.

Being myself a native speaker of an Eastern-European dialect with way too
many postalveolar fricatives, I will be grateful for additional guidance.

> Perhaps I could suggest something in the vein of "very important" or
> "much desired feature"

This is not the notion that I tried to express, probably badly.  It's not
necessarily the important feature, it's the one that will make people
implement and deploy the protocol stack in the first place.

Long-term, the important feature of Homenet is having a clean architecture
for multi-link IPv6 networks.  From the point of view of the end-user,
however, multiple layers of NAT work just as well, so it's not a "killer"
feature.

Short-term, the two visible features are support for multiple uplinks and
support for wireless transit.  No other protocol stack can do either of
these without manual intervention, so these are Homenet's "killer"
features.

I agree that the term might not be familiar to everyone, and I would be
sincerely grateful for help with expressing this notion concisely and
without undue colloquialisms.

> I found the term "bosses" leaving much to interpretation

This happens to be deliberate.  I am trying to avoid implying too much
about the organisational structure to which the reader belongs -- the
"boss" here could be the CIO, but it could be the leader of an Academic
project, it could be the supervisor of the intern who's implementing
Homenet, or it could be the Benevolent Dictator for Life of a Free
Software project.

If you find a sufficiently stately term that covers all of the above, I'll
take it.  (My thesaurus suggests "chieftain", but I tend to favour "foreman".)

> or perhaps even "Corporate" used instead.

Now you're trying to pick a fight ;-)

-- Juliusz