Did you read the third paragraph in Paul Vixie's reply? He's telling Theo why his rant was a little misguided...
the second and more important error is to assume that ietf is relevant. if you look carefully you'll see that the SSH protocol has been shaped far more by your OpenSSH effort than by the ietf or any commercial vendors, and SMTP likewise more by Sendmail and Postfix than by ietf or any commercial vendors, and DNS likewise more by BIND than by ietf or any commercial vendors. in the old days, ietf consensus could make or wreck an idea. these are not those days. compared to the power and relevance of open source software, ietf may as well be declared dead for all the relevance it has at this stage.I have to agree. The IETF seems to have fallen clean off the leading edge. Ajax? Bonjour? SSH? There's fantastic innovation in networking and the IETF is largely absent.
Personally, I don't see this as a bad thing.
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