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CrossNodes: Lash Macs to Your Network With Netatalk

Aug 08, 2002, 11:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"One of the more "fun" chores for the network administrator is making mixed platforms play together. Vendors, of course, want nothing but their product line in your shop, untainted by competitor's offerings. Users usually have other notions. Netatalk is a kernel-level implementation of the AppleTalk Protocol Suites, enabling a UNIX server to supply Appletalk file and print services. Combine it with Samba to create a *nix, Apple, and Windows LAN operating together in happy harmony.

"Here are some guidelines for deciding if Netatalk is a good choice for you:

  • "you already have a *nix server, with established user accounts
  • "users running Mac desktops
  • "smaller LAN or department needing basic file and print services..."

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