It might seem odd for Alfresco to be announcing that it has open sourced its JLAN technology - given that the company already releases 100% of its code under the GPL (with a FLOSS Exception) - but today the company announced that it has open sourced its JLAN technology as open source.
Why? Because while JLAN was available before as part of its open source content management solutions, it had also been available under a proprietary license (due to legacy reasons - Alfresco acquired the code from another party back in 2005). Today, JLAN is completely open and offered as a separate component.
Who cares? Well, anyone that wants to offer an embedded virtual file system that offers the only Java client and server implementation of Microsoft Window's CIFS (Common Internet File System) protocol, allowing content, system administration information, and rows in a database to appear as a shared drive. The shared drive is the de facto document management interface for the vast majority of computer users today. JLAN gives everyone - including Alfresco competitors - the ability to offer an intelligent shared-drive interface to a content repository.… Read more