[TUHS] RFS was: Re: UNIX of choice these days?

Kevin Bowling kevin.bowling at kev009.com
Thu Sep 28 09:01:38 AEST 2017

RFS was long out by the time I started using *nix.  I do have media
for it for the 3B2s in my computer collection though.

What were the market forces or limitations that led to NFS prevailing?


On Wed, Sep 27, 2017 at 1:44 AM,  <arnold at skeeve.com> wrote:
> Clem Cole <clemc at ccc.com> wrote:
>> On Sun, Sep 24, 2017 at 1:51 PM, Arthur Krewat <krewat at kilonet.net> wrote:
>> > Where does RFS (AT&T System III) fit in all of this?
>> >
>> Well it was not in PWB 3.0 - aka System III.
> It was in System V Release 3, thus the confusion.  Sun integrated it
> into SunOS 4.0 (IIRC) and then pulled it out around 4.1.something. It
> was for sure gone from 4.1.3 and 4.1.4.
>> > Just looking for history on RFS if any.
>> >
>> David Arnovitz's work -- Dave worked for us at Masscomp in Atlanta
>> afterwards.
> Interesting!  I never knew that he was involved with it. I don't think
> his name was on any of the USENIX papers.
> He and I grew up on the same street, and both sets of parents still
> live there.  He later (with Perry Flinn) went on to found Secureware
> and they did quite well for themselves in the 90s.
>> RFS was based on ideas Peter had used in Eighth Edition file system.  When
>> we did EFS @ Masscomp, Perry Flinn and I were both aware of Peter's work ...
> I briefly overlapped Perry at Georgia Tech. He was one of the three
> major developers of the Georgia Tech Software Tools Subsystem for Pr1me
> Computers that I later was involved with.  A very bright guy; no idea
> where he is now.
> Arnold

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