Re: OMB and ISO


CERF@USC-ISI.ARPA
22 Jan 1986 21:58-EST


Milo,

The OMB requirement may not be as damaging as it sounds if it simply
requires the vendors to support ISO but doesn't CONSTRAIN them to only
ISO. I would imagine IBM would be pretty fierce if it was told the
government could not make use of SNA... or DoD was told that operational
networks protecting national security suddenly had to switch to an
untested implementation...

The thing to watch out for is a directive which prohibits all protocols
except ISO. Considering the present state of implementation and test
of that protocol suite, there is still a long way to go before it is
reasonable to consider it robust.

I hope I am not being too sanguine, here. Perhaps another reader
will contribute further insights on this no doubt well-intended
bit of bureaucracy.

Vint Cerf



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