Re: bettering open source involvement

joel jaeggli <> Mon, 01 August 2016 22:40 UTC

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Subject: Re: bettering open source involvement
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On 8/1/16 1:44 PM, Brian E Carpenter wrote:
> On 02/08/2016 02:36, Eggert, Lars wrote:
>> Hi,
>> On 2016-08-01, at 15:44, Livingood, Jason <> wrote:
>>> What if, in some future state, a given working group had a code repository and the working group was chartered not just with developing the standards but maintaining implementations of the code?
>> as an addition to developing specs, that might be useful, if the spec remains the canonical standards output.
>> "Go read the code" is not a useful answer if the code comes under a license (such as GPL) that taints the developer. 
> This is a *very* important point. If an IETF WG sponsors code development, it needs to
> be under an IETF-friendly licence. One way is to post it as an I-D. Another way is the
> BSD 2-Clause "Simplified" or "FreeBSD" License. GPL is not a useful option.

"IETF WG sponsors code development"

I'm not sure what this means, are you paying for a developer?

I certainly have opinions as to what terms I'm willing to accept on IPR,
patented or otherwise.

if it's a question of the inclusion of code in a working-group doc then
that's a question of consensus...


>    Brian
>> (This is a major reason what we are doing IETF specs for DCTCP and CUBIC - so that they can be implemented without needing to
> read Linux kernel code.)
>> Lars