IETF 65 Review: Tao of the IETF – Revised

By: Paul Hoffman, Susan Harris

Date: May 7, 2006

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Newcomers to the IETF have long benefited from reading “The Tao of IETF – A Novice’s Guide to the Internet Engineering Task Force” (FYI 17, RFC 3160). Thanks to original author Gary Malkin, the document covers the fundamentals of how the IETF works in a light, readable style. Reading the Tao sheds light on what happens at IETF meetings, how one can get involved, how the I-D/RFC publication process works, and the mechanics of holding and participating in Working Group meetings.

At the Dallas Operations and Administration plenary, co-authors Paul Hoffman (VPN Consortium, and Susan Harris (Merit, announced that the Tao has undergone major revisions. The practical, “how-to” Working Group information has been greatly expanded, and text has been added about the IETF’s new administrative structure, new tools, and efforts such as the EDU team.

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