Let's get rid of pivots
Eric S. Raymond
esr at thyrsus.com
Tue Apr 18 19:04:41 UTC 2017
Hal Murray <hmurray at megapathdsl.net>:
> An alternative approach would be to get rid of pivots totally. If we removed
> all of the pivot code and logic from the current code, it will work until
> 2036. How long will it take to implement and deploy a new version of ntp
> protocol with enough bits?
There are technical issues with this idea, but they're not the ones that
worry me most. The politics and optics of abandoning the cross-era
compatibility written into RFC5905 would be *awful*.
Our project has enemies. We must not give them a club that large to
near us with. We not only have to do the conservative, RFC-conformant
thing, we have to be seen to do it.
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