[rc5] Netware/IntraNetware client?

Jacques Exelrud exelrud at usa.net
Tue Oct 7 15:57:18 EDT 1997

	What about a "partial" port. The networking part could be handled by other machine running the full client. The NLM client  could only crack and generate random blocks if buff-in is empty.

From: 	David McNett
Sent: 	Tuesday, October 07, 1997 11:07 AM
To: 	rc5 at llamas.net
Subject: 	Re: [rc5] Netware/IntraNetware client?

At 09:17 AM 10/7/97 +0200, you wrote:
>Does anybody know if work is done to develop a Novell IntraNetware
>rc5-client? I have a lot of such machines here, with good CPU'S, that are
>only used 1-2% for the work. The rest could be used for RC5...

Thus saith the FAQ (http://rc5.distributed.net/FAQ/rc5faq.html):

How about an NLM for my NetWare servers?

This idea has been tossed around, but the general opinion has always been
that those sites who have NetWare servers are not comfortable enough to
donate their servers as testing platforms. By the same token, we don't find
many unix shops running rc5 on their DNS name servers either. :) 

In theory, it's certainly possible, but porting the client would be a royal
pain. Even simple screen I/O as an NLM is a laborious task and the
networking code would have to be completely rewritten, and we'd probably
need to teach the client about IPX, which basically means that we would
need to also code an IPX-->IP proxy. All this for NLM code that everyone we
asked would be "reluctant" to run on their production servers. If you want
to give it a shot, more power to you, the coding team will be as helpful as
possible, but we've all decided that the benefits do not outweigh the
difficulties involved. 

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