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Re: That proposal to remove DECNET support from Linux kernel

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There's a proposal to remove the code for the DECnet networking protocol from the Linux kernel… but what was DECnet anyway?

Microsoft software engineer Stephen Hemminger has proposed removing the DECnet protocol handling code from the Linux kernel. The timing is ironic, as this comes just two weeks after VMS Software Inc announced that OpenVMS 9.2 was really ready this time…

That announcement, of course, came some months after the first time it announced [PDF] version 9.2, as we covered in The Reg in May.

The last maintainer of the DECnet code was Red Hat's Christine Caulfield, who flagged the code as orphaned in 2010. The change is unlikely to vastly inconvenience many people: VMS is the last even slightly mainstream OS that used DECnet, and VMS has supported TCP/IP for a long time. Indeed, for decades, the oldest email in this reporter's "sent" folder was a 1993 enquiry about the freeware CMUIP stack for VMS.

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DECnet may be purged from Linux

  • DECnet may be purged from Linux

    Microsoft software engineer Stephen Hemminger has proposed removing the DECnet protocol handling code from the Linux kernel putting the final full stop on the long history of protocol wars.

    As it stands no one cares about DECnet any more. Red Hat's Christine Caulfield flagged the code as orphaned in 2010. VMS was the last even mainstream OS to use it.

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