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[News] [Rival] Ex-Microsofter in LikeWise Attacking Samba with Patent Deals and Forks

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Ex-Microsofter in LikeWise Attacking Samba with Patent Deals and Forks
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2009 16:48:10 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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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 

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| 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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