On Sat, 2005-09-24 at 10:50 +1200, DrWho? wrote:
but don't forget an RFC is only a request for
comment not a standard ;)
That's not correct.
RFC's become standards because they are adopted by the majority of the
Internet community through a consensus based process. The author of a
particular piece of software can choose not to conform to the standard,
as qmail's author has done. This action doesn't in any way lessen the
legitimacy of the standard.
If we take your proposition to it's logical conclusion, you're stating
that TCP/IP isn't a standard.
As a LUG we should be doing everything we can to promote the
development, use and improvement of Open Standards such as the RFCs
published by the IETF.
You might find it informative to read up on the Internet Standards
Process which is described in rfc 2026.
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