Subject: Re: Keith Bostic: MS Press Release - Common Internet File System (CIFS) (fwd)
To: None <current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Michael van Elst <>
List: current-users
Date: 06/24/1996 08:12:56
laine@MorningStar.Com (Laine Stump) writes:

>1) NFS uses Sun RPC which makes it difficult to get through a firewall
>in any kind of reasonable fashion without potentially allowing lots of
>other (non-RPC) stuff.

>2) CIFS is already in place on millions of desktop machines all over the
>world, while NFS is still an addon ($$$) option for them.

Some thoughts:

Didn't you pay for SMB before if you had a "desktop machine" (as if all
desktop machines were PCs running MS Windows...) ?

Isn't SMB just used to give the world another of the sophisticated
Microsoft standards ?

Does SMB-through-a-firewall provide higher security than an NFS-proxy ?

Where are the technological advantages that merit a new "standard" ?

                                Michael van Elst

                                "A potential Snark may lurk in every tree."