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Re: [ossig] Re: [myoss] Draft of the Malaysian Government InteroperabilityFramework for OSS

i second the comment, that the document should focus on the standards rather than on the products. some other examples:

on the topic of operating systems, perhaps it should point out linux / kde v linux / gnome v debian v bsd v slackware. rather than red hat / suse / fedora (i am just a little sore that ketupat linux did not make it.... also some explanation on the lsb standards will be meaningful.

on the topic of browsers, need to add the w3c standards compliance. esp on the subject of dhtml and layers. reference: http://www.w3.org/

on the topic of database, need to add compliance to sql-92, sql-99, acid test. no major limitations for mysql ??? hmm..... not! and where's firebirdsql ? also need to add some comments on multiprocessor / clustering capabilities - which you need to pay extra if using ms-sql / oracle. also if there are any indicative load size capabilities. contents should be something on the lines of the following comparison http://www.geocities.com/mailsoftware42/db/

chapter 3 will read better if it was included in the respective subchapters under chapter 2.

note: i have duly put the comments on the forum.

Dinesh Nair wrote:

On 05/30/05 14:51 Yusseri Yusoff said the following:
Dear All,

The draft of The Malaysian Government Interoperability Framework for OSS, a.k.a. MyGIFOSS is available for public viewing and comments. This document is prepared as part of the Malaysian Public Sector OSS Initiative.

You can download the document here:


some comments,
(all page numbers are document pages, not pdf pages)

1. pg 12, FreeBSD has both ipfilter and IPFW, with IPFW being the natively supported SPF while ipfilter is contributed software, but built into the kernel thru hooks.

2. pg 29, perhaps a short description of Qmail should accompany sendmail.

3. pg 30, 2.5.2 it should be Mail User Agent (MUA) and not Mail Access Agent.

4. pg 39, 2.6.1 descriptions for ipfilter and IPFW missing

5. pg 12, IPSec as a VPN technology should be covered as well

6. missing totally are specification and recommendations for the use of other networking and communications technologies such as packet voice (VoIP) as well as interconnect standards for the same. things like SIP, H.323 and MGCP (line protocols) and G.711a, G.711u, 06.10 GSM, G..729a (codecs) should be included.

7. also missing totally is NFS (v2, v3 and v4) as a filesharing standard, with only Samba specified. Samba is not a standard, it's a product which uses Microsoft's CIFS protocol.

7. some measure of form must include potential evaluation of IPv6 support in procurements starting in calender year 2005 for an eventual migration to IPv6 over the next 5-10 years, such being the lifecycle of most government IT procurement.

8. the document reads like a migration guideline rather than a standards/interop document. if it was the latter, i'd expect to see more suggestions and recommendations utilizing actual standards (denoted by IETF or IEEE standards docs), rather than suggesting products. for eg, specify the RFCs associated with HTTP rather than saying HTTP. the problem is, many proprietary vendors would bastardize the standard and yet claim compliance when we all know this isnt true anymore.

and that's just for starters. :)