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Banyan VINES

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Banyan VINES is a network operating system with a UNIX kernel that allows users of popular PC desktop operating systems such as DOS, OS/2, Windows, and those for Macintosh systems to share information and resources with each other and with host computing systems. VINES first appeared in the 1980s. It provides full UNIX NFS (Network File System) support in its core services and the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) for transport. It also includes Banyan's StreetTalk Directory Services, one of the first viable directory services to appear in a network operating system.

In October of 1999, Banyan became ePresence, a provider of Internet services. At the same time, it announced the obsolescence of VINES and other Banyan products.

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