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Linux Foundation Funds NTP's 'Father Time'

The Network Time Protocol will keep Harlan Stenn, its chief maintainer, working for another year. But the 12-month commitment, as well as other funding decisions, raises the question of whether the Linux Foundation is hedging its bets on NTP.
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Harlan Stenn
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Harlan Stenn

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ThomasV466
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8/18/2015 | 12:35:44 PM
Re: Is NTP too dependent on one man?
NTP is to critical of a piece of infrastructure to rest in the hands of one man. He should be recognized and rewarded for his hard work. But a the same time a committee involving large infrastructure providers from various industrieis, governement entties, and open source foundations should be formed to ensure that the NTP infrastructure is maintained and advanced. 

 

I am suprised Google or Yahoo haven't stepped up and given this guy a paid position with benefits. 
GAProgrammer
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8/18/2015 | 12:23:26 PM
Re: Is NTP too dependent on one man?
He certainly is more generous with his time and energy than I would ever be. The major financial systems of the world run off this protocol and they can't send him some money for his 80+hr work week? Pssh... I would have left long ago.
CharlesB21101
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8/17/2015 | 8:00:41 PM
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.   
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