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LinuxProgramming.com: IBM releases AFS as Open Source

Nov 01, 2000, 14:07 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lou Grinzo)

As seen on LinuxProgramming.com:

"IBM is making its AFS enterprise file system product available to the open source community under the IBM Public License (IPL). AFS is a very scalable, highly available, and secure file system with a very robust data management model for ease of administration."

"AFS, which has been commercially available from IBM's Transarc Lab for over 10 years, has a strong following of commercial, government, university and research customers. Through these customer installations, files stored in AFS are accessed by millions of users worldwide."

"IBM is making AFS available under open source to speed the pace of innovation in the product and to make it easier for our customers to collaborate in the area of enterprise file sharing. Many AFS customers are involved in other open source initiatives, and they are very enthusiastic about an 'Open AFS'."

"IBM realizes that while some customers will use 'Open AFS', many of our customers will still require a commercially supported version of AFS. Therefore, IBM will continue to sell, develop and support its version of 'IBM AFS'. This will give our customers additional choices and flexibility on how to deploy AFS in their environments. However, please note that, because IBM will not control the development of Open AFS, IBM will not be able to offer support services for Open AFS. IBM will commercially support only its version of AFS."

(The text above is from the Open AFS FAQ.)

Open AFS Site

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