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LinuxPlanet: Using the InterMezzo Distributed Filesystem

Aug 12, 2002, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bill Von Hagen)


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"The introductory article in this series, 'Modern Distributed Filesystems for Linux; An Introduction' discussed the fact that various distributed filesystems are designed to solve specific types of problems. This article discusses InterMezzo, one of the more interesting modern Linux distributed filesystems, which is primarily designed to support disconnected operation. Disconnected operation is the interesting case when you need to work on files that are located in a distributed filesystem while you are not actually connected to the network.

"Though this initially sounds like an impossibility, disconnected operation is a fact of life in network-centric mobile computing environments today. Many people use laptops or other portable systems as their primary computing platforms. These systems typically access files stored on a network while they are in use on one's desktop, but also need to be able to continue to work on these same files when using the laptop at home or when on the road in order to maximize productivity..."

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