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SunWorld: The making of NFSv4

Mar 12, 2000, 02:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by J.S. Kelly)

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"Sun funds Linux implementation of impending standard."

"At the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in early February, Sun announced it would double its funding of a University of Michigan project to develop a Network File system (NFS) implementation for Linux. NFS versions 2 and 3 had their troubles, and some are wondering if version 4 will be any different."

"Depending on whom you ask, the name of the inveterate Network File System (NFS) might really be Nightmare File System, because of its poor performance, or No File Security, because of its poor security. But all that is about to change. With improved performance, security, interoperability, and Internet access, NFS version 4 is out to silence the critics for good."

"... Sun intended to make NFS an Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standard before the work on NFSv4 was underway, but delays arose. The specification was recently turned in to the IETF as a proposed standard, and should become a draft standard by August."

"When it becomes a standard, a second reference implementation will be needed. A Sun-funded University of Michigan project will do two things: create the necessary second reference implementation, and improve the Linux implementation of NFS, which, according to Linux developers, could stand a great deal of improvement.

"NFS on Linux Sun's funding of the NFS version 4 Open Source Reference Implementation for Linux should help NFS's bad reputation, just as the version 4 specification should improve NFS itself. However, the Linux community, whose relationship with Sun can only be described as rocky, has responded to Sun's recent announcements with guarded enthusiasm..."

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