Is NTP too dependent on one man?
I think the Linux Foundation Core Infrastructure Initiative is worred that the future of the NTP protocol rests too much in the hands of one man, Harlan Stenn. Hence it's willingness to fund an alternative project oriented toward security, NTPSec. Nor should those going along for the free ride assume that Stenn, who will be 60 in January, will be willing to continue to devote 12-plus hour days to NTP for another decade with minimal financial support. It's not that he's irreplaceable. He is. But his level of attention to technical detail and willingness to stick with whatever happens to be the task at hand won't be easy to replace with a few random volunteers. Time synchronization is more complicated than those who haven't done it are willing to concede. We may yet have to learn how so the hard way.