Subject: Re: IEEE802.3 support ??
To: None <,>
From: Jonathan Stone <jonathan@DSG.Stanford.EDU>
List: tech-net
Date: 02/18/1999 23:01:59
Ross Harvey writs:

>It's kind of fun to track down the devices sending 802.3 packets, just to
>see who "doesn't quite understand".

>This happens more than you would think when a standard gets established
>(ethernet) and then _later_ a standards committee (ieee 802.3) meets: the
>objective of the vendors that missed the boat (and the academics who didn't
>get to fiddle with it) is to _change_ the standard and delay the leaders;
>this is the price for their votes.

All too true.

Tho' in this case, there's also the people who really thought
emulating X.25 over Ethernet is a Good Idea, or who dont recognize
that SSAPs and DSAPs are strictly less useful than ethertypes,
necesssitating the SNAP drain-bamage just to get back to square one.
See RFC1042 p. 3, and all will be revealed.

If that's not bad enough, see the mess Novell made of picking an