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This glossary is currently not meant to be all-inclusive.

An example of why this glossary doesn't try to cover every single term is the fact that the specifications for one protocol, RFC 3315 (DHCPv6) Section 4 (Terminology), includes a terminology section that is three pages long. As this website is designed to provide information about implementing many different protocols, clearly this glossary could grow to gigantic proportions. In many cases, terms may even be specific to certain uses, and so the same term may have some conflicting definitions.

This glossary really can't be all-inclusive, unless it gets more people involved in maintaining it. That may not ever happen, because the goal is not to be the biggest. Duplicating content found elsewhere will serve little to no purpose, and this effort isn't going to be endorsed unless there becomes a compelling reason, such as a real benefit to humanity. If that ever happens, perhaps there will be a second glossary with even more terms, while maintaining another more streamlined glossary that contains many, but fewer, terms. The current or near future state is designed with the idea of containing many of the most useful terms. The idea is that if an aspiring student were to want to gain some knowledge about technology, reading the glossary may actually be educational without covering details that will never be useful for many computer professionals.

For now, this glossary is simply meant to cover many terms, and to provide accurate definitions, or point to resources with more details (or possibly doing both: defining and pointing).

(At the time of this writing, this is still fairly sparse. There is another glossary which has been made, and is kept in a collection of offline notes. The plan is to merge that information in with this section, someday.)

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What's not here

Other resources:

RFC 1983 (and the older RFC 1392).
The Jargon File

Current location: The Jargon File.

Information about the Jargon File includes: Wikipedia's article on the Jargon file (which covers some history), Eric S. Raymond's response to concerns about changes to the file.

The content of this file does get placed into a book called “The New Hacker's Dictionary”. (Information about the book is available at ESR's page about The New Hacker's Dictionary.)