[svlug] C-SPAN 2's FCC Interoperability Subcommittee
scott at doubleu.com
Fri Sep 30 08:39:48 PDT 2005
On 9/30/05, John Conover <conover at rahul.net> wrote:
> I just caught the end of it, but one of the panel members (I didn't
> catch the name,) was from California that mentioned that Open Source
> was the way to solve a lot of the interoperability issues, which was
> one of the major problems. He mentioned Open Source about 20 times.
> After POTS and the cellular system collapsed, there was still
> significant electronic resources operational-but it was all
> incompatible, so it was not usable as an operational system to handle
> the situation.
While I agree that Open Source is a solution to certain problems, I'm
not certain why it's a solution to this particular problem. Maybe if
they were all running software radios and all had a guaranteed minimum
set of capabilities (CPU and memory), etc. But it's not unlikely that
Open Source telco infrastructure would be no more cross-compatible
than closed-source, unless someone puts in the work to _make_ them
cross-compatible up front. Linux works because the Intel platform
provides this more-or-less-uniform (and CHEAP) ecosystem on which the
efforts of tens of thousands of people can be brought to bear. But I
doubt most college students will be able to pull together the hardware
infrastructure to test telco edge cases.
Of course, with closed-source systems getting things to work together
is almost certainly impossible. So it's a start. It would at least
allow people to translate forethought into action. OTOH, the quality
of the forethought in this situation was pretty abysmal...
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