As part of the ongoing efforts to import security and reliability of macOS, Apple has asked developers to transition products from Kernel Extensions to System Extensions. System Extensions allow software to extend the functionality of macOS without requiring kernel level access. In order to accommodate macOS Big Sur, as well as to position OpenAFS for future versions of macOS, Sine Nomine migrated network operations out of the OpenAFS kernel extension and has contributed the code changes to the OpenAFS open source project.
Submitted by webmaster on Tue, 06/30/2020 - 08:49
OpenAFS 1.8.6 is the next in the current stable series of OpenAFS releases for UNIX/Linux systems. It brings performance improvements, improved diagnostics, support for the latest Linux mainline kernel (currently 5.7) and macOS 10.15 "Catalina", and a number of bug fixes.
Note that aklog and klog.krb5 will now require the -insecure_des switch in order to work with the weak and deprecated single-DES encryption types.
On October 2, 2020, OpenAFS announced the development release of OpenAFS 1.9.0 for UNIX/Linux. According to the article, "OpenAFS 1.9.0 is the first in a series of OpenAFS development releases intended to facilitate testing of new features."
From the OpenAFS website:
Sine Nomine Associates has recently published an ad in Enterprise Tech Journal entitled Enhancing Scalability, Reliability, Security and Afforability on Mainframes and Beyond is the Focus of Sine Nomine Assocites. The ad runs on pages D46 and D47 in the publication.
Twenty years ago, on October 31, 2000, the OpenAFS project was born by a small group of individuals at CMU (Carnegie Mellon University)--its corpus owing to the generosity of IBM, which cast forth a largely complete version of its AFS 3.6 source tree under the IBM public license.
At Sine Nomine Associates, our team is proud to have actively supported the open source project from the start. It's been a great adventure.
Here's to trusting we will keep this ship smoothly sailing for another twenty!