[OpenAFS] the best distributed file system

Russ Allbery rra@stanford.edu
Tue, 18 Jun 2002 15:12:48 -0700

Friedrich Delgado Friedrichs <6delgado@informatik.uni-hamburg.de> writes:

> Yes, but you can hardly base a recommendation on the fact that there are
> people who do not see the error.

Well, yeah, actually, I can.  Most technologies have bugs.  :)

> I would have a very bad feeling about telling people about OpenAFS on
> linux without pointing them to the CopyOnWrite bug at
> http://www.openafs.org/roadmap.html

Sure, people being aware of it is probably a good idea until it gets
fixed, since for the people who encounter it it's a pretty significant
bug.  But it certainly doesn't make OpenAFS unsuitable for
mission-critical data.  Push comes to shove, use a different operating

We're still using Solaris on SPARC because, while the hardware is slower,
operationally we've found it significantly more reliable.  Even apart from
various Linux software flaws, commodity PC hardware is frequently junk.

Russ Allbery (rra@stanford.edu)             <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>