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NetworkWorld: Not your average client/server network

Aug 11, 2000, 01:40 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Hochmuth)

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"Progeny Linux, which just emerged last week, has been working for the last few months on a system it calls Linux NOW - Network of Workstations. It's exactly what the name implies: a system of decentralized workstations that share a common file system and distribute processing tasks, creating an entire network without a central system server."

"The attraction of the system, developers say, is its scalability. Essentially, it is a network that becomes more powerful, stable and productive the more user machines are added - where in many networks, the opposite is more often true. Over 1,000 workstations can be networked together this way."

"In systems such as Linux NOW that were used in the past, the biggest headaches were security and the integrity of the distributed file system. Progeny is trying to address some of these problems by creating a single network "image," or an illusion of a centralized computer system. The code, kernel and file system for it is really distributed across hundreds or thousands of Linux workstations."

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