[dns-wg] DNS registry sofwtare (Was: Ripe 46 Meeting
Edward Lewis edlewis at arin.net
Thu Jul 17 13:58:40 CEST 2003
I highly encourage folks who are using any IETF reviewed document to be sure to read and understand this document before making a judgement on the status of any development within the IETF: RFC 2026: http://ietf.org/rfc/rfc2026.txt As far as EPP is concerned, Jaap's words are correct (as would be expected of a co-chair). It is true that earlier versions of EPP are running around, but keep in mind that EPP as described in the documents in the RFC editor queue have these advantages over the earlier versions: 1) The RFC Editor-Queued documents reflect more and more public review of the work, hence a more broadly acceptable proposal than earlier documents. This is of course relative to those who actively participated in the effort. 2) The Queued documents have been reviewed by the IESG process representing a broader range of expertise to make sure EPP is more in line with the internet protocols previously defined. 3) The Queued documents will be archived "permanently" unlike the documents that describe the earlier versions. The currently Queued documents represent a Proposed Standard in IETF language, which promises higher quality than an internet draft, but lacks sufficient operational testing to be considered a Standard fit for full blown production. On one hand, the Queued documents represent a stable and qualified document definition. On the other hand, there may be unknown issues that will need tweaking before we are satisfied that EPP is solid. There's no (guaranteed) free lunch. The IETF consists of folks volunteering (perhaps because their employer pays them to do so) to make a protocol definition. The IETF does not provide free software (although participants may do so), nor sell software (ditto), nor does it require the use of any protocol or software in the network. The IETF is just a group of engineers trying to make protocols possible. Operators (registries too) will need invest to benefit from the IETF definitions. At 12:08 +0200 7/17/03, Stephane Bortzmeyer wrote: >Most big EPP registries do *not* use the current version (the one in >the RFC Editor queue). > >Most free EPP software do *not* use the current version (and hence do >not interoperate, for instance Gandi's IRI, which works with ".biz" >and ".info" registries does not work with OpenReg). Remember that "you get what you pay for" - I'm not saying that the free software is of poor quality - but if the software base isn't conformant to the Queued documents (better yet the resulting RFCs), I'd be wary to count on it for my operations. -- -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Edward Lewis +1-703-227-9854 ARIN Research Engineer ...as graceful as a blindfolded bull in a china shop...
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