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SubjectRe: [ANNOUNCE] Withdrawl of Open Source NDS Project/NTFS/M2FS for Linux


Have you been in the bottle again?
If this is not a joke, it is not funny.

On Sat, 2 Sep 2000, Jeff V. Merkey wrote:

> TRG has reprioritized it's long term objectives, and due to resource
> constraints and short term schedules, the Open Source NDS and Open
> Source NTFS File System projects are being withdrawn from the Linux
> Initiative. These projects will be MANOS only, and any interested party
> is free to acquire the code and back port them into Linux, though the
> networking architectures are profoundly different between the two. The
> lack of a Kernel Debugger and other basic kernel level facilities on
> Linux make TRG's job about 20 times harder on Linux and take almost 10
> times as long as is possible on NT, NetWare, or MANOS to develop
> software asa result ofthis. To date, TRG has invested over
> $1,500,000.00 on Linux development projects enabling NetWare-to-Linux
> interoperability so we feel like we have contributed erstwhile resources
> to date. Downloads of NWFS has exceeded 900,000 copies to date from
> TRG's website.
> TRG will continue to support NWFS on Linux as a migration file system
> for NetWare-to-Linux Migration, however, all new development will be on
> the MANOS platform only. M2FS for Linux will be available in binary
> form only for those interested parties. A press release will be sent on
> Monday informing the industry that TRG has withdrawn these projects in
> Open Source form on Linux and citing the reasons for this decision.
> As for the reasons behind this decision, TRG has attempted to be an
> contributing member of Linux for quite some time, however, the
> architecture of Linux is unnatural to Novell's and Microsoft's
> technologies and Linux is at present incapable of providing the same
> level of Networking capability available with Windows 2000 or NetWare to
> enterprise customers. NetWare routinely supports upwards of 2000 users
> per server for file and print. Linux with it's current level of
> development has trouble with configurations of more than 100 users via
> MARS-NWE or SAMBA in our tests. TRG's MANOS source code and components
> are freely available to the Linux community, and TRG has no objection to
> continued participation with the Linux Community and use of any of it's
> source code in Linux projects.
> Very Truly Yours,
> Jeff Merkey
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