Followup British Telecom outage reason

Peter Galbavy peter.galbavy at
Fri Nov 30 15:06:09 UTC 2001

> I can only assume what drives them is the either (a) desire
> to support slideware protocols early, and in code people
> actually try and use, (b) the knowledge that such slideware
> protocols, in aggregate across a large network, eat more router
> horse power, and thus sales-$$$, for those gullible enough
> to implement them, or (c) some combination between the two.

I have not seen anyone note that all major vendors are usually focused on
revenue from new sales and that maintenance income is seen as a bonus. While
new sales are driven by being able to compete with the next vendor, new
features will always be prioritised over stability.


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