NetBEUI for Unix?

Roeland M.J. Meyer rmeyer at
Thu Sep 11 17:41:31 GMT 1997

At 09:48 PM 9/11/97 +1000, Eloy A. Paris wrote:
>Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton <lkcl at> wrote:
>: On Thu, 11 Sep 1997, David Scott wrote:
>: > Does anyone know if someone has been perverse enough to write a
version of
>: > NetBEUI for Unix?
>: the latest linux kernels have it.  why, i have no idea.

>Really?  I hadn't heard of that. It must be in the latest development
>kernels (2.1.x).

Here's the reason why:

I have customers right now whom are not on the Internet. They want to be,
real bad. However, they are afraid. (All the hype about "Crackers"). Also,
they are not computer folks, and they don't want to be. They have existing
NETBUI networks and they like them just fine. Right now, WinNTserver and
OS/2 WarpServer4 are the *ONLY* possible gateways for them and their
security is questionable and these customers know it.

If NETBUI were supported by Linux kernel then I could make a reasonable
pitch for Linux as the Internet gateway/bastion host and their internal LAN
would still be fairly impregnable, due to the protocol differences. Please
understand that this is not a technical argument (they've already heard
that one and they're not convinced), rather a marketing argument. It's
giving them something they want and it won't break the bank giving it to
them. It doesn't hurt that Linux gives me a $1000 price advantage when
going against either WinNTserver or WarpServer4, with no per-seat license
costs. Now if we had NETDDE it would be, game set and match.

BTW, is anyone using Samba on Caldera Open-Linux? I am now becoming a
Caldera VAR and want to know.

Morgan Hill Software Company, Inc.
Roeland M.J. Meyer (RM993)
e-mail:			mailto:rmeyer at
Colorado Springs, CO - Livermore, CA - Morgan Hill, CA 

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