Big job, small disappointment

Well, OpenSolaris is open for business, and I am proud to have had some small part in getting it there. This is a great achievment for everyone on the team.

One of the things I did was help out with the checking of the licenses and copyrights for the NTP code. It was an interesting experience. For instance, I never had an RTI (request to integrate, basically its permission to integrate code changes into the code tree) held up by the legal department before.

Unfortunately, the NTP code directory did not make it into the first release of code in OpenSolaris. Apparently this was a very late decision, and is due to the small amount of encryption code used for authentication. This requires a little closer inspection due to all the conflicting international import and export laws of various counties regarding cryptographic software.

But not to worry. I am told that the delay will be short, at least for NTP; perhaps a few weeks at most. While not having it there at the launch is a little disappointing, I guess we have waited this long, we can wait a little longer.
In the meantime, if you really want to see what it looks like, you can get the software from the NTP website.

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