Paul Vixie

American internet pioneer

Paul Vixie is the author of several RFCs and well known UNIX system programs and is an authority about DNS and other internet protocols.


  • The Internet is not for sissies.
  • Note that I hold the single-author record for total CERT advisories, proving that in my copious youth I knew how to sling code but not how to manage risk.
  • Fragmentation is like classful addressing -- an interesting early architectural error that shows how much experimentation was going on while IP was being designed.
  • You sound like a man with a vision. Care to pass that bong over this way?
  • The internet has no government, no constitution, no laws, no rights, no police, no courts. Don't talk about fairness or innocence, and don't talk about what should be done. Instead, talk about what is being done and what will be done by the amorphous unreachable undefinable blob called the internet user base.
  • Isc remains deeply apologetic that prior versions of BIND did not properly catch the configuration error that you appear to have built your business on.
  • Usually they finish by whining «but I WANT it!!! and so, I tell them: «So what? Everybody wants something. I want a pony. Get over it.
  • While discussing the merits of djbdns over BIND (2004):
    Niek: "Bind people don't ack djb points and vice versa."
    Paul Vixie: i don't ack djb's existence, not merely his 'points.'
  • With usenet gone, we just don't teach our kids entertainment-level hyperbole any more.

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