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IBM developerWorks: IBM releases another proprietary product to the open source community

Sep 16, 2000, 15:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"A new era in AFS development and user capability has dawned. Long held as a mainstay of shared file systems, AFS (an enterprise file system with a data management model) is a prime open source candidate because so many AFS clients depend heavily on source code access and manipulation. Until recently, source licenses for AFS remained under lock and key and bound those clients who bought source licenses to strict confidentiality. But on August 15, 2000, IBM announced the open sourcing of AFS under the IBM Public License (IPL). The source code will be made available this month (September 2000) in the developerWorks Open source zone."

"AFS has been commercially available from IBM's Transarc Lab for over 10 years. Files stored in AFS are accessed through user installations, which include commercial, government, and university clients, many of whom are active members of the open source community. Opening the code should facilitate faster and more efficient development of AFS files through increased cooperation between users. The open sourcing applies only to AFS; DFS is not being open sourced."

"IBM hopes that opening AFS will speed the pace of innovation and make it easier for users to collaborate in the area of enterprise file sharing. Once the code is opened, clients will be able to jointly work on current projects, many of which stand to benefit immensely from such cooperation. Ports previously unsupported by Transarc and AFS may also begin to see development and significant growth. The University of Michigan, for example, did disconnected work (in which files not connected to the network, user profiles, etc. can be accessed) years ago that can now be publicly added to AFS. Other major contributors and clients who have been excited about the move include Carnegie Mellon, Intel, Morgan Stanley, and United Airlines."

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