[ntp:questions] Re: Why ntpd is losing out to openntp at BSD

Richard B. Gilbert rgilbert88 at comcast.net
Fri Oct 15 01:23:43 UTC 2004

Peter Hessler wrote:

>On Thu, 14 Oct 2004 21:55:47 +0100
>david at djwhome.demon.co.uk (David Woolley) wrote:
>:The non-legal, non-security, argument that they use is that most people
>:don't need better than about half a second accuracy (even if the starter
>:of this thread is complaining about 10ms errors).  If you add on the
>:demands for sub-second initial time setting, step free response to major
>:input steps, and cooperating isolated islands (which account for most
>:of the current FAQs), the official ntpd is at risk of losing out to
>:poorer substitutes.
>I use OpenNTPD on my time server, and I am off by 0.027525 seconds at this
>time.  Except for the initial sync, I am never off by more than 0.05
I'd say that's an order of magnitude poorer than the performance of 
"official ntpd".  Since it's "free", why not use the best?

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