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[News] samba and FSFE Celebrate Victory Over the Abusive Monopoly

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FSFE's antitrust victory with Samba

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| FSFE's role in the antitrust case was to ensure that free software developers 
| would be able to use any interoperability information that Microsoft would be  
| forced to publish. After 5 years of work, the last court case was won last 
| year. There were always doubts about whether Microsoft could really be pinned 
| down, but from Samba developer Andrew Bartlet's blog, it seems the Samba team 
| are now loving the interoperability information.    


It's about Microsoft obeying the law, not about it being 'nice'.


Samba Team Releases Samba 3.2

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| The Samba Team is proud to announce the release of Samba 3.2, a major new
| release of the award-winning Free Software file and print server suite for
| Microsoft Windows clients.



FOSS folk who make us proud

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| Five days ago, three members of the free and open source software community
| finally heaved a sigh of relief and wiped the sweat from their brows after
| winning a battle they had waged for years.  


Samba's Tridge clusters code and crowds

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| Q: How much will the agreement result in the increased interoperability
|    between Windows and Linux/Unix?
| tridge: For the sections of the protocols we already implement, Samba already
|         has quite good interoperability. Where it will make more of a
|         difference is allowing us to expand into new areas where we
|         previously lacked features that Windows servers have. For example in
|         the area of Active Directory replication, and remote indexing.


Interview with Carlos Piana

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| The lawyer for Samba and the Free Software Foundation Europe explains the
| behind-the-scenes work behind last month's antitrust decision against
| Microsoft.  
| [...]
| A quite spectacular defence was that about security. Basically it said that,
| unlike the Internet protocols, those keeping together a Microsoft work group
| network were so conceived that the all the servers acted as if they were a
| single distributed entity. In other words they were "tightly coupled",
| closely knitted together so that any intrusion from the outside, a drop-in
| replacement pretending to be a Microsoft Windows server could cause
| irreparable harm and all sort of nefarious problems. Besides, disclosing the
| specifications of their protocols would have required a hardening of the
| protocols, in order to make them resistant to malware attack or simply of
| badly designed third-party software which could have compromised the whole
| infrastructure.          

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