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The SMB Blues
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| SMB (Server Message Block) is the network protocol glue
| that binds many file and print servers and clients for
| Windows and Linux, but it's recently been running into some
| trouble. First, Microsoft's proprietary take on it, SMB2,
| has real security problems. Next, Likewise has released a
| new open-source SMB/CIFS (Common Internet File System) file
| server software stack to share files among Linux, Mac, Unix
| and Windows computers, which, in the past, had been based
| on Samba, the popular open-source SMB server. Samba's
| leadership is not happy with this.
| Meanwhile, back at traditional SMB, which works just fine,
| Likewise recently released Likewise-CIFS and its commercial
| brother, Likewise Open 5.3, under the GPLv2. The company
| claims it is the only commercially supported CIFS/SMB file
| server for storage vendors and enterprises. Likewise-CIFS
| supports both SMB1 and SMB2.
| So what's the problem? As Krishna Ganugapat, VP of
| engineering at Likewise, said in a recent interview, "We
| came to realize that most successful open-source companies
| must be in a position where they control their own
| technology destiny." Later, he said, "We now owned our own
| intellectual property; we held the copyright to all our
| source code."
Tony OBryan - Subject: Translation
| The story deserves an executive summary:
| "Microsoft writes new software, and the software sucks. A
| Microsoft-funded organization once again tries to kill a
| Microsoft competitor (Samba, therefore Linux)."
| That's the entire gist of the story.
Around the Web: Samba - The Interoperability Dance
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| Samba very quickly became a valuable piece of merchandise to the Linux and
| Unix companies, who have sponsored its development and employed the Samba
| Team's key developers, although notably in the case of Allison, the
| developers have quickly left their jobs rather than accept any compromise to
| the integrity of the project. Like the developers of other key free and open
| source projects, the Samba Team are mostly employed by third parties to do
| what they would be doing anyway, working on Samba and programming for fun,
| while getting paid for it. The attraction for the employing companies is that
| they get an invaluable piece of software for the price of one or two
| developers and an ear to their requirements, but as Allison points out "free
| software is not incompatible with commercial activity".
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