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CrossNodes: Bridge Windows and UNIX Networks With Andrew

Sep 05, 2002, 11:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"Yes Grasshopper, there are tools to ease the toil of administering large-scale filesystems. So many demands: ease of use, stability, speed, flexibility, mobile users, security, and all too often last on the list, ease of administration. AFS meets all of these goals.

"AFS stands for Andrew File System. It was originally developed at Carnegie-Mellon University in the early 1980's, to meet the needs of serving many different departments, students, and faculty. It was named to honor the university's founder. The Transarc Corp. marketed it, then IBM bought Transarc in 1994. In 2000 IBM forked the code, releasing a free version, OpenAFS, and continues to sell and support their own commercial version. Both versions are actively maintained. IBM contributes to, but does not control or provide technical support for OpenAFS. (Officially, it is now simply AFS, not Andrew File System.)

"OpenAFS is released under the CPL, IBM's Common Public License, formerly the IPL, IBM Public License. The CPL is an Open Source Initiative-compatible license, but is not GPL compatible..."

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