View Full Version : Using a non-Apple file server?

11th March 2010, 09:22 PM
Just wondering what the implications would be involved in using a non-Apple machine (most likely a server-grade *nix box) to store and serve files to a creative studio filled with Macs running CS3. It would obviously be using a filesystem other than HFS and a protocol other than AFP, though I'm not exactly sure what.

How would that compare to, say, an XServe running OS X Server, HFS and AFP?

No difference? Slower? Less reliable? Data corruption?


11th March 2010, 09:35 PM
not really that much difference these days*, especially if you're just storing data. The main issue with flipping between filesystems is maintaining file permissions. If that's important to you then just create a sparse image on the file server and store all your stuff in there in HFS formatted goodness.

*on a decent local network. If you plan doing stuff over a slow network like ADSL, VPN tunnels, ISDN etc then transfer protocol and filesystems become a little more important.