NOS is evil
- To: email@example.com
- Subject: NOS is evil
- From: "Brandon S. Allbery" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Thu, 08 Dec 1994 22:17:14 -0500
In your message of Thu, 08 Dec 1994 19:29:22 CST, you write:
| email@example.com said:
| > The mind boggles. I get a laugh when I see people using whatever hack
| > NOS has for SMTP, when they have the far more powerful Berkely
| > sendmail or Smail sitting under their noses. <Sigh> I guess old
| > habits die hard. Time to do some re-education...
| On the other hand there are many valid reasons to use a user process
| for amateur radio network interface, all have been covered here before.
I intended to send to the group the first time, but forgot to change the
The *biggest* plus of [JT]NOS for most users is that they can move
step-wise, learning as they go. I haven't played with TNOS, but I've done
everything I could to keep JNOS/Linux compatible with the DOS 1.09
distribution (and still want to move it to 1.08df; before someone wonders
about the versioning, Doug Crompton released 1.08df (1.08d fixed), then
Johan rereleased it as 1.09. I don't plan to go to 1.10, but Doug's current
1.08dff shouldn't be too much different from what I already have).
A DOS JNOS user can move their existing system, virtually unmodified, to
JNOS/Linux. From there, he can establish a link between JNOS and Linux's
native networking, then begin moving services from JNOS to Linux.
Ultimately, all that will be left in JNOS is the AX.25 protocol; the final
step, of course, being the move to kernel AX.25.
While Linux's (or, for that matter, BSD's) native networking is
superficially similar to NOS, in fact configuring it --- and all the
services --- is an order of magnitude more complicated. JNOS (and,
presumably, TNOS) give the NOS user a chance to make the move in stages,
learning how to configure Linux services and switching them over *one at a
time* instead of having to learn and configure *everything* before moving.
(I haven't checked recently, but at one point JNOS's SLIP was 25-30% faster
than native Linux SLIP, both tested on the same serial port and modem to the
same destination. I assume this has been fixed...)
Brandon S. Allbery KF8NH [220.127.116.11] firstname.lastname@example.org
Linux development: iBCS2, JNOS, MH ~\U
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