Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 26th Mar 2011 02:00 UTC
Mac OS X When you run smbd -V on your Snow Leopard installation, you'll see it's running SAMBA version 3.0.28a-apple. While I'm not sure how much difference the "-apple" makes, version 3.0.28a is old. Very old. In other words, it's riddled with bugs. Apple hasn't updated SAMBA in 3 years, and for Lion, they're dumping it altogether for something homegrown. The reason? SAMBA is now GPLv3.
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Not about patents
by Stratoukos on Sat 26th Mar 2011 11:30 UTC
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I'm pretty sure that this is not about patents (why would Apple have patents on SMB?). The reason is that binaries in /System are signed with Apple's keys, which the haven't made public. As far as I know this is also disallowed by GPLv3. My understanding is that this is the reason they are staying away from GPLv3 altogether.

The usual IANAL applies and I also haven't read GPLv3, but googling turned up this quote from RMS:

So what we're doing in GPL version three is, we're saying they're welcome to design free software to do whatever it is they want, and they're welcome to set up the machine such that it won't run a program unless it's been signed, but they have to give you the signature key so that you can sign your own version.

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