On Sat, 2001-12-29 at 00:04, Sebastian Rittau wrote:
> Attached is a rough draft for a release announcement of Netatalk 1.5.
> Please comment on this. What's missing, what's too much, what's bad,
> what's good, what should be changed? Speak up!
> - Sebastian
> Netatalk 1.5 The New Year's Release
> The Netatalk development team is proud to announce the final 1.5 release of
> the Netatalk File Sharing suite. Netatalk is a collection of server programs
> and utilities for handling various protocols employed by Apple Macintosh
> computers on Unix compatible systems. The suite contains
> * afpd - a file server that enables Apple Macintoshs to share files with
> each other as well as Unix and Microsoft Windows computers
> * atalkd - an implementation of the AppleTalk protocol
> * papd - a print server that enables Macintosh computers to access printers
> connected to Unix servers
> * timelord - a time server for synchronizing time over the network
> * megatron - a tool to convert files in Macintosh specific formats like
> BinHex, AppleSingle, or MacBinary into file, readable by Unix computers.
> * various other utilities
> News in Netatalk 1.5
> Since the early pre-release versions of Netatalk 1.5, Netatalk is hosted
> and developed on SourceForge (http://sourceforge.net/). This offers a
> great variety of resources and tools to the project and helped to open
> up the development process.
> Since version 1.5pre7, Netatalk is licensed under the GNU General Public
> License (GPL), which is used by many Open Source/Free Software projects
> as their license of choice. We chose this license to allow us to develop
> Netatalk as free as possible and to ensure that Netatalk will stay free
> in the future.
> Netatalk does now make use of the GNU autotools (autoconf, automake, and
> libtool) for building. This increases the portability of Netatalk as well
> as the flexibility of the build system, and helps to make the whole build
> process more transparent. Ports to new platforms and enhancement to the
> source code can now be handled much easier.
> Netatalk 1.5 features a new experimental DID caching system, based on
> Berkeley DB3 files. The so-called CNID-DB scheme is supposed to end various
> problems concerning aliases and disappearing files, encountered in earlier
> versions of Netatalk. This new DID scheme is scheduled to become the default
> DID in future Netatalk versions.
> Apart from these larger changes, a lot of work has gone into the Netatalk
> source code and build process and we feel that the quality of the code base
> has much improved since earlier releases.
> To Do
> There is still a large list of known bugs that needs to be fixed. (See the
> SourceForge project page for more information). Most of the code of Netatalk
> is quite old and in bad need of code review and maintainance. The build
> system has still a lot of tracks from pre-autotools times and must be
> cleaned up. AFP 3.0 support is not complete. There is work-in-progress on
> a new, univeral
logging mechanism. And many, many more things are still
> to be done.
> Supported Platforms
> As of Netatalk 1.5.0 the following operating systems are supported:
> * FreeBSD
> * Linux (Debian, Mandrake, RedHat, SuSE, others may work as well)
> * OpenBSD
> * Solaris (32bit flavors)
> * Tru64
> Netatalk may compile and run on other operating systems as well, but
> it is not well tested on those. We welcome patches and suggestions
> for enhancing the portability of Netatalk, though.
> Netatalk tar-balls can be found at http://sourceforge.net/projects/netatalk.
> Binaries for Debian GNU/Linux will be added to the unstable distribution
> soon and will be available at every Debian non-us mirror. Binaries for
> other operating systems will be made available at the SourceForge site
> if time permits.
> Netatalk is also available per anonymous CVS. See the SourceForge project
> site for more anonymous CVS instruction. The main development is going on
> the trunk. Well tested patches are back-ported to branch-1-5-prep branch,
> from which the tar-balls are created.
> For more information about Netatalk, see its web page at:
> The project ist hosted at SourceForge. The SourceForge project page is
> located at: http://sourceforge.net/projects/netatalk/
> The Netatalk development team can be reached via the mailing list
> netatalk-devel@.... For subscription information and
> archives see Netatalk's SourceForge project page.
> netatalk-admins@... is a mailing list for Netatalk system
> administrators. For subscription information and archives see the
> Netatalk web page.
> We would like to thank all contributors to the Netatalk project for
> their commitment. Without the many suggestions, bug and problem reports,
> patches, and reviews this project wouldn't be where it is.
> - The Netatalk Development Team, New Year's Eve 2001