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Re: Bill Manning considered fatal

  • From: Tony Li
  • Date: Fri Jun 30 06:17:13 1995

   two questions (and a task) for the list(s)

	   2. 	What will it take to get router vendors to modify default
		   setup to select a classless IGP instead of (RIP,IGRP)?

The power-off of the last IPv4 network.

You should understand that there are many reasons for this:

- All of the classful protocols today are incredibly hard to work with
for a beginning user.  OSPF has about 3 orders of magnitude more knobs
than it needs.  EIGRP (which we tried REALLY hard to keep simple) is
about two orders of magnitude too hard.  Both are resource intensive
and require careful hand-holding.  RIP2 is less piggish, but still is
two orders of magnitude too messy.

- Please recall that the technical savvy of the beginner customer base
has dropped two orders of magnitude in just the last three years.

- You don't need classful in a stub network for CIDR purposes.  Yes,
it helps for address efficiency IF the user can figure out VLSM.

- The defaults need to be for the most common case: rank beginner in a stub.

- There are many networks which are NOT the Internet.  CIDR only
applies to the Internet.

I sympathize, but this is a case where the intelligent actually must
lose to the tyranny of the majority.