[OpenAFS] ...Those That Help Themselves

Garance A Drosihn drosih@rpi.edu
Thu, 31 May 2001 13:57:02 -0400

At 12:53 PM -0400 5/30/01, William Setzer wrote:
>As such, my boss wants to me to feel out the other Universities
>and businesses.  Have you thought about what's going to happen
>to AFS in three years or if it'll even exist then?  What about
>a possible move to OpenAFS?  What are you going to do about it

Here at RPI, we have a fairly large AFS cell, with a few hundred
clients.  We have done some work with DFS/DCE, and were not all
that happy with the results.  We are very interested in openafs.

Given current trends, it is easy to assume that there will be no
"transarc afs" in three to five years.  Prudent planning pretty
much demands that we investigate openafs, and see about migrating
to it.

We are particularly interested in it because it promises to supply
clients for platforms that commercial AFS has lacked, or only
marginally supported.  (I work a lot with MacOS 10 and FreeBSD,
for instance).

I, personally, am a little skittish of running production file
servers on linux boxes, so I'm hoping to see openafs for openbsd
or freebsd.  The fact that I do have experience with freebsd and
openbsd probably influences that desire...

Garance Alistair Drosehn            =   gad@eclipse.acs.rpi.edu
Senior Systems Programmer           or  gad@freebsd.org
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute    or  drosih@rpi.edu