Solaris Server Ported of the BeOS-based BeServed Network Filesystem

BeServed is a native network file system for BeOS. It allows you to share files between computers running BeOS. You can connect to (i.e., mount) folders from remote computers and access files just as if those files were local to your computer. Unlike NFS and CIFS, BeServed supports all the unique benefits of the Be File System (BFS), such as attributes, MIME-based typing, indexes, querying etc. (BFS features are only available on the BeOS platform; foreign versions of the file server do no yet support attributes, indexing, etc.) BeServed includes a network browsing application called ‘My Network’, which lists the available computers on your network in much the same way as Microsoft’s Network Neighborhood. The company now ported their product to Solaris, following releases of Linux & Windows.From their press release:

“Teldar Corporation introduced a Solaris (Intel) server port of its popular BeServed network file system for BeOS
clients. “Our principal goal has been to facilitate the sharing of files between systems running BeOS,” said Kevin Musick, President and CEO of Teldar. “However, equally important is the ability to leverage other environments in a
heterogenous network that are commonly used as department or enterprise file servers, such as Windows NT or 2000, Linux, and Solaris.” Teldar had already released Linux and Windows versions of its file server earlier this month.

Now the company is turning its attention to security, through its coming BeSure authentication server. This product runs exclusively on BeOS systems, and is intended to validate login attempts to BeServed servers running on any supported platform. It is small, and fast. To provide security, without encroaching on any United States government export restrictions on cryptology, BeSure employs a simplified but strengthened adaptation of the Needham-Schroeder public-key protocol and uses message digest (MD5) encryption for passwords.

Teldar has announced plans to have FreeBSD and HP-UX versions of its file server, and has also received numerous requests for a BeOS PowerPC port. The company is also interested in supporting Mac OS X. Some of this work may be
subcontracted to other developers under a nondisclosure agreement.”


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