Subject: Re: Status of ISO stack?
To: Rajappa Iyer <>
From: Thor Lancelot Simon <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 06/03/2001 18:52:21
On Fri, Jun 01, 2001 at 05:59:00PM -0400, Rajappa Iyer wrote:
> Is the ISO stack in NetBSD functional?  The reason I ask is that
> someone is planning to do an open source OSI stack implementation and
> I was hoping that the NetBSD stack could be used as is for the lower
> layers.

Are you aware that there is _already_ an "open source OSI stack
implementation"?  Where do you think what's in NetBSD came from?

The bits that need to be in the kernel came from the University of Wisconsin
and shipped in 4.4BSD and therefore in NetBSD.  For the rest, you want to
look at ISODE.

We've had some bugs in the OSI stuff over time, but more importantly, AFAICT
it's basically useless, dead weight.  I have a lot of trouble understanding
why you'd want to reinvent not just a wheel, but a particularly angular,
poorly-rolling wheel, at that.

Thor Lancelot Simon	                            
    And now he couldn't remember when this passion had flown, leaving him so
  foolish and bewildered and astray: can any man?
						   William Styron