System role

The role of the system should also dictate the optimal disk layout. In a traditional Unix-style network with NFS file servers, most of the workstations won’t necessarily need all of their own executable files. In the days when disk space was at a premium, this represented a significant savings in disk space. Although space on workstation disks isn’t the problem it once was, keeping executables on a server still eliminates the administrative headache of distributing updates to workstations.

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