Re: bettering open source involvement

Brian E Carpenter <brian.e.carpenter@gmail.com> Mon, 01 August 2016 20:44 UTC

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On 02/08/2016 02:36, Eggert, Lars wrote:
> Hi,
> 
> On 2016-08-01, at 15:44, Livingood, Jason <Jason_Livingood@comcast.com> 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.

   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
>