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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 Source NTFS File System projects are being withdrawn from the Linux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 Monday informing the industry that TRG has withdrawn these projects in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
    > CEO, TRG
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