[TUHS] tangential unix question: whatever happened to NeWS?

Larry McVoy lm at mcvoy.com
Mon Jan 25 07:11:00 AEST 2021

On Sun, Jan 24, 2021 at 12:45:13PM -0800, Jon Steinhart wrote:
> power to kill NeWS.  One of the leaders of this was Apollo, and according
> to folks that I knew there, they felt that their networking was better
> than Sun's, but they lost because Sun "gave away" NFS.  

Small hijack because I couldn't help it :)

As someone who has used Apollos side by side with Suns (this was before
I went to work at Sun, around 1987), to say Apollos were better at
anything than a Sun was a joke in bad taste.  If I remember correctly,
they were both based on 68020s, so same baseline.  Apollos just sucked,
their networked file system was slow as molasses.  In spite of having
dozens of Apollos available to me, and just one Sun file server, the first
thing I did at that job was to port the cross compiler from Apollo to Sun,
that one machine was faster than anything I could get done on a pile of
Apollos.  I hated them.


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