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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kaiwai
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Apple's NFS implementation was horrible until sometime after 10.5 - and NFS has been an open spec since the 80s. I somehow doubt that they're going to come up with a reasonable 1.0 release of this mess.


The reason why NFS was horrible is because they hadn't touched it in something like 20 years. Apple has 100 'engineering resources' (a made up unit for this example) that they can allocate, do they allocate these said resources to features and parts of the operating system very few utilise or do they focus in their energies on the parts that 90% of the end users touch on a daily basis? SMB2 is fully documented, there is no weird undocumented parts of it, and better still we're talking about something that is in high demand, a feature that the market to one and all with Windows interoperability being one of Mac OS X biggest strengths (according to Apple). It would make little or no sense for Apple to treat their SMB2 implementation like NFS given how important it is.

Interesting enough those WebDAV is apparently going to become the 'protocol of choice' for iPod Touch/iPad/iPhone file sharing in the future which makes me wonder whether some time in the future Apple will be looking to maybe replace AFP in the long run.

Btw, one thing that hasn't been discussed yet - how does this change impact on their SMB implementation on their Airport Extreme and Time Capsule routers they sell.

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