200 bald men fighting over 6 combs

 | 17 Feb 2006 17:11

I’m glad Radia Perlman manages to scatter some funny anecdotes into her book “Interconnections”, this one is about the 6 TOS bits in the IP header (page 244):

Some people have affectionately referred to the -IETF Differentiated Services- working group as “200 bald men fighting over 6 combs”.

It’s funny to see the history as she’s describing the future in her book which shows how fast it’s dated. She wrote “Interconnections” in 2000 but it’s still a great book explaining fundamental issues in a comprehensive manner, my print is a 7th edition from March 2005. Definetely a book to use as network protocol reference due to the many explanations as to why things are the way they are.

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