Archive for February, 2001

Tuesday, February 27th, 2001

There is a pointer to the improvements for TCP in the Ericsson
Eifel license
that I mentioned. The first paragraph
contains a reference to the Internet-Draft
that describes the Eifel algorithm. Mind you, this is a
draft and not yet an RFC.
In the References section of the draft, there is a link to a
that gives a bit more information about why the Eifel
algorithm could be useful for TCP.
Oh and by the way, I come from the french-speaking part of
Belgium, not from France. ;-)

I just saw your AskAdvogato message in which you
ask how to keep ants out without killing them. Although
killing them is usually the easiest solution (using boxes
with small ant-sized holes containing a poison that the ants
eat), the best way to keep them out is to make it hard for
them to get in. If it is not possible for you to seal all
openings in your house, you can try to smear grease in their
path, or to use chalk or talc powder around the openings
through which the ants enter your house. They hate these
things because it makes it harder for them to walk, and they
give up after a while… or find another opening that you
had forgotten. Good luck!

Monday, February 26th, 2001

More patents usable in free software…

Following the example set by Raph with his royalty free license
for using his patents in
free software (released under the GPL), there is now a
similar license
granted by Ericsson for some proposed improvements of the
TCP protocol (the Eifel algorithm). More power to free

That license
allows GPLed software to include the proposed improvements
to the TCP stack, as well as any operating system that is
entirely Open Source. So this covers Linux, FreeBSD,
OpenBSD and NetBSD, among others.

(Disclaimer: I work for Ericsson and I contributed to the
wording of that license, but I am currently only speaking
for myself, not for my employer.)