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

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    Source NTFS File System projects are being withdrawn from the Linux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    Monday informing the industry that TRG has withdrawn these projects in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