happy 40th, RFCs!

2009-04-07 @ 20:44#

hard to believe it's been 40 Years of RFCs.

Forty years ago today, the first Request for Comments document, RFC1, was published at UCLA [RFC1]. This was the first of a series that currently contains more than 5400 documents (roughly 160,000 pages) on computer networking in general and on the Internet protocols in particular. The RFC series emerged from the US government-funded research efforts that created the ARPANET and later the Internet. When the IETF was formed in the mid-1980s, RFCs became the primary publication vehicle for IETF standards, and thus became centered on the vendor and user communities.

a lot has changed in the past four decades. wonder what it will look like in 40 more.