Vienna, Austria - June 9, 1998. Objective Development announces the
availability of Sharity, a new Unix client for the Windows networking
protocol (CIFS/SMB/LanManager). With Sharity you can access Windows NT,
Windows 95 and Samba servers from Unix as if they were NFS servers.
Sharity is the perfect solution for some of the emerging networking problems:
1. Interoperability: Sharity allows the seamless integration of Unix
workstations into existing networks of Windows PCs.
2. Security: The protocol used by Sharity provides server based
authentication by password and is thus more secure than NFS in an open
3. Distributed Offices and Teleworking: Sharity works through a single TCP
port that can easily be configured to pass firewalls. An SSL version,
which is currently in beta, will provide secure communication over the
* Sharity can do password encryption according to the various LanManager
standards. The password is never sent in clear text over the wire
unless you explicitly allow it.
* Sharity reduces the network traffic using local caches. The
"Opportunistic Lock" mechanism of the CIFS protocol is used to ensure
* Sharity is compatible with national character sets. It works with
Unicode internally and allows even translation to multi-byte character
sets as it is necessary to accomodate Asian character sets.
* Sharity contains an automounter that can restore mounts after a reboot.
* Source code is available for NO ADDITIONAL COST!
REGISTRATION AND PRICE:
US$ 99.00 for a single machine license
US$ 169.00 for a 5 machine license
US$ 214.00 for a 10 machine license
US$ 269.00 for a 20 machine license
Registration is FREE for non-commercial educational institutions and for
Sharity can be used in demo-mode for FREE without registration. The
demo-mode provides the full functionality but is limited to three levels of
A fully licensable demo can be downloaded from:
Version 1.00 runs on the following platforms:
SGI/IRIX 5.x and 6.x
HP-UX 9.x and 10.x
FreeBSD, NetBSD, BSDI
NEXTSTEP 3.x, OPENSTEP/Mach 4.x
AIX, DEC OSF/1 and probably Unixware will be supported in version 1.01,
which will be available soon.
Dipl.-Ing. Christian Starkjohann
Austria - Europe