[OpenAFS] Re: "OpenAFS for Windows development road map" was Re: [OpenAFS] 1.4.1-rc2 build question

Garance A Drosihn drosih@rpi.edu
Sat, 3 Dec 2005 15:27:00 -0500

At 1:26 AM -0500 12/3/05, Jeffrey Altman wrote:
>What I am reading in this thread is that people are afraid
>of the unknown.

No, I am afraid of my user community.  They are a known quantity,
and I know I have reason to be afraid...  They vary greatly in
what they use AFS for, and in how much they know about the
computer technology they are using.  So what will be a great
new feature for one set of users, will be a traumatic nightmare
for a different set.  And that's just the people in *my* user

>When I speak to those that are contributing resources to
>further the development of OpenAFS, the things I am told
>would encourage them...

So far this year, I personally have donated $350 to OpenAFS
via the usenix page (split between March 13th and Sept 2nd).
While my own personal interest is more towards MacOS and the
BSD's, from RPI's perspective the recent improvements in
Windows support are very very much appreciated.  The better
OpenAFS can support Windows, the more viable it is as a
standard file system for all our users.

>I will be more than happy to add the desired switch to
>disable the functionality if the consensus is that it
>is required ...

I read your entire message, but to get to the heart of
the matter:

    Yes.  I (for one) would like this switch.

I could write a few thousand lines to explain on why it would
be useful in my environment, but I doubt you really need to
read that much today.  Either count "my vote", or don't count
it.  Either way, I do appreciate you making this offer to add
the switch.  It's particularly nice that you're more than
happy to make the offer.  I'll now sit back and see what other
people vote.

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