ip address management

Mark Smith nanog at 85d5b20a518b8f6864949bd940457dc124746ddc.nosense.org
Thu Feb 4 12:06:30 CST 2010


On Thu, 4 Feb 2010 09:38:17 +0000
Cian Brennan <cian.brennan at redbrick.dcu.ie> wrote:

> On Thu, Feb 04, 2010 at 08:40:25AM +1030, Mark Smith wrote:
> > On Wed, 3 Feb 2010 16:15:30 +0100
> > Phil Regnauld <regnauld at nsrc.org> wrote:
> > 
> > > Nick Hilliard (nick) writes:
> > > > 
> > > > There is a FAQ entry for ipv6 support in ipplan:
> > > > 
> > > > > One feature request that comes up from time to time is IPv6. Adding IPv6
> > > > > support will require major effort but has such a limited audience.
> > > > > Ironically the only people that ever requested IPv6 support are either
> > > > > from Telcos, ISP?s or government departments, yet they are never
> > > > > interested in contributing resources! I deam them parasites of the Open
> > > > > Source world - leaching off the good will and effort of the Open Source
> > > > > community, yet give nothing in return.
> > > 
> > > 	Shame.  And "deam" is "deem".
> > > 
> > > > q.v. http://iptrack.sourceforge.net/doku.php?id=faq
> > > > 
> > > > I guess we're all entitled to our opinions.
> > > 
> > > 	Yeah, sad.
> > > 
> > 
> > 
> > I think that if he didn't want commercial organisations to use his
> > software, he shouldn't have chosen a licence that permits them to (the
> > GPL according to the home page). If that's his attitude to possible
> > future contributors and to IPv6, then it seems to me that iptrack has
> > jumped the shark.
> > 
> It sounds far more like that's his attitude to those who keep annoying him
> about supporting something he doesn't care about, without actually contributing
> anything useful to the project.
> 


It's fine for him to not want to spend time on people's requests - that
is an accepted thing for open source software. But to call
people/organisations who use his software legitimately and also make
legitimate requests, under *his* chosen license "leaches" is
disingenuous. 

As I said, if he didn't want commercial users to use his software, or
ask for features, then he shouldn't have chosen a license that permits
commercial use. 

Complaining about a situation he has created, by his choice of license,
is puerile.

> > > > The data model used in ipplan is to enumerate all IP addresses in the
> > > > working ranges.  This works fine for ipv4, but obviously breaks horribly
> > > > for ipv6.  Political considerations aside, I suspect that this is at least
> > > > some of the reason that ipplan doesn't support it.
> > > 
> > > 	It would indeed require a very large screen and lots of memory :)
> > > 
> > > 	Cheers,
> > > 	Phil
> > > 
> > 
> > 
> 
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