Introduction to NIS, the Network Information Service

Friday, 15 December 2006, 12:00 AM EST

NIS, released by Sun in the 1980s, was the first "prime time" administrative database. It was originally called the Sun Yellow Pages, but eventually had to be renamed for legal reasons. NIS commands still begin with the letters yp, so it's hard to forget the original name. NIS was widely adopted among Unix vendors and is supported by every Linux distribution.

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