First, thank you to all our generous members and donors. Because of your continued support Network Time Foundation was able to accomplish some great things in the first half of 2017. As a nonprofit organization, it is all of you who help NTF produce and maintain the most reliable, secure and trusted open-source network time software that is so vital to the infrastructure of our modern world. We look forward to sharing even more accomplishments with you next quarter.
- NTF published ntp-4.2.8p10, an NTP security update, on March 21st. The update includes 6 medium-severity and 4 low-severity security fixes, along with 15 minor bug fixes and some small improvements.
- Significant progress has been made with new Extension Field processing, which will allow NTF to integrate the work done on NTS (Network Time Security – the replacement for Autokey).
- Harlan Stenn, Bruce Korb, Danny Mayer, Sue Graves and Richard Welty participated in several IETF ntpwg (NTP Working Group) and NTS development meetings.
- Volunteers brought several network switches and many servers online at ServerCentral in Chicago.
- In Q1, NTF added a part-time contractor, Koni Burrow, as Social Media Manager.
- Several new volunteers joined the organization.
- Mark Graff joined our Board of Directors in April.
- In Q1, NTF conducted a survey to encourage input from members about improving NTF services and communications.
- In May, NTF delivered our reports for our third annual financial audit to Richard Brewster, CPA.
- In June, we contracted to have our website redesigned. The new site will be more mobile-friendly and will include a store.
- In June, NTF received a large donation of used hardware from Automattic, which is being reconfigured and will be put into service by Harlan and Joe Greco, one of our volunteers.
- New institutional memberships were received from Facebook, Cox Communications and Nimbus/Alibaba Group. Institutional memberships were renewed by Yahoo, BlueCoat/Symantec, Infoblox, Meinberg, Microsemi, Spectracom and an anonymous large corporation.
- NTF had 20 new and renewed individual members, and a few bigger one-time donors.
- NTF was accepted as a participant in the Combined Federal Campaign for a second year.
- A $10,000 Mozilla Grant was awarded to NTF to partially defray the costs of the ntp-4.2.8p10 security release.
- In Q2, Linux Foundation/CII awarded a $36,000 grant for NTS (Network Time Security) development work, to be paid over three months.
- NTF received an “in-kind” grant from Google for $10,000 per month in AdWords.
In the News/Events
- 23 December 2016: Martin Burnicki of Meinberg published the technical paper, Leap Smearing Test Results.
- 30 January 2017: Paul Gear gave a talk about NTP and time synchronization at LinuxCon called The School for Sysadmins Who Can’t Timesync Good and Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too.
- 8 February 2017: An article was posted on LWN.net by Bruce Byfield entitled A Rift in the NTP World.
- 4-5 April 2017: Harlan presented a poster session at the Workshop on Synchronization and Timing Systems (WSTS) in San Jose, CA.
- 4 June 2017: Harlan was interviewed by Mark Graff on CyberMattersRadio.com – Hidden Heroes edition.
Becoming a member of one or more Network Time Foundation consortia helps us better address your network time-related needs. Donations above and beyond membership, including full and partial project sponsorships, are also appreciated. All funding supports NTF-sponsored projects, such as NTP. As a result, you can rest assured that the world’s clocks are on time – all the time – so you can trust your time and your data! After all, knowing the correct time isn’t always important – until it is!