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[News] Free Software Runs in Back End of Academia, Samba in Datacentres

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Open Source CMS Drives Academic Initiatives in Cal State System

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| In keeping with its mission to identify learning-related problems, and then 
| apply technology to support effective instruction, CDL has added the WebGUI 
| content management system to its stable of technology tools. Built to give 
| average users the ability to build and maintain complex Web sites, WebGUI is 
| modular, pluggable, platform-independent, and designed to keep the management 
| of content in the hands of those who create content, rather than take up the 
| time of busy IT staff.      


Samba 4 beta offers platform choice to data centers

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| Samba 4 is an ongoing major rewrite of the existing interface between Linux 
| and Windows file servers. The goal of the four-year project, which is 
| proceeding concurrently with a Samba 3 update, is to replicate the functions 
| of Microsoft's Active Directory in a mixed environment (e.g., for Linux, Unix 
| and Windows). Lead developer Andrew Bartlett, whose work is heavily 
| underwritten by Raleigh, N.C.-based Red Hat Inc. was working on Samba 4, 
| alpha 4, when we chatted a year ago. 



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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