rmrichesjr wrote:As I understand it, the problem with Linux writing to NTFS is actually not on Linux's side, but (based on my study) the company that owns NTFS refusing to make documentation available and allegedly changing the format from time to time in ways that some believe are designed to thwart efforts to make Linux able to write to it.
Yes that is true that NTFS keeps on changing and that there is no documentation, but of course it is a propiertary format. Most people don't invest time, effort and money into a commercial product and then publish the How To on how to make your own without some cost. (Of course when everyone is concerned for their neighbor and the betterment of society that might be different)
rmrichesjr wrote:PAF works reasonably well for many/most practical purposes using WINE (WINE Is Not an Emulator). WINE can be redistributed under terms of the LGPL, so including WINE should not be a problem. PAF's license may be a difficulty, because it only allows "incidental, noncommercial church or home use" and prohibits selling it.
I am sure that if the church distributes this version that it wouldn't be a problem. But are you thinking of creating a flavor of Linux that you would sell? I thought that was against the GPL.
rmrichesjr wrote:Do you have a pointer to this "nFS client"? I have heard mention that there would be an open-source application that would use the NFS API, but I haven't seen anything specific to indicate it is actually being developed. Do you have a pointer?
Actually from the group working on nFS during the tech talks here in Provo they talked about the client so I do know that it is in production, just not what the status on it is. The church has asked us at work, I work for OnePage Geneology, though to create applications that interface into nFS.
rmrichesjr wrote:It would be WONDERFUL to be able to do MLS work from home, for those whose callings require use of MLS. (Each trip to the meetinghouse to enter home teaching visits costs me a few dollars in gas and nearly as much time traveling as actually using MLS once I get there.) However, the current MLS keeps the most current data on the local unit administrative computer, so that basic architecture would have to change before MLS could be used from homes.
How would you sync the data between the computers and how would you secure your personal computer at home? Also does headquarters allow two computers to simultaneously access the CHQ databases?