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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RE[5]: hmmm
by BluenoseJake on Sat 26th Mar 2011 21:07 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: hmmm"
BluenoseJake
Member since:
2005-08-11

Microsoft does NOT control SMB. They can write their own version of it, but they have to give those changes to the SAMBA team per EU sanctions.


This has nothing to do with the EU, who forced an interoperability decree on MS AFTER the Samba devs had already done all the work. It was not needed because the samba devs did an awesome job, they didn't really need the documentation. Just because the EU forces MS to share the documentation does not mean that MS doesn't control the direction of SMB, as they can change it as much as they want, they just have to document it after the fact.

Further, Windows is not the only OS that used SMB by default. It also is installed by default on most Linux distros.


It may be installed by default, but it SMB is not a native file sharing technology of UNIX, NFS and it's like are. SMB is bolted on to the side of Linux, not part of the OS.

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RE[6]: hmmm
by Laurence on Sun 27th Mar 2011 08:10 in reply to "RE[5]: hmmm"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26



It may be installed by default, but it SMB is not a native file sharing technology of UNIX, NFS and it's like are. SMB is bolted on to the side of Linux, not part of the OS.

You could argue the same for Windows then as it's user space drivers that are optionally (albeit pushed by default) installed along with the other networking stacks.

"Windows File and Print Sharing" services can be stopped and even uninstalled just like the SAMBA daemon can.

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RE[7]: hmmm
by Drantin on Mon 28th Mar 2011 16:25 in reply to "RE[6]: hmmm"
Drantin Member since:
2006-07-10

SMB also doesn't support the file permissions on nearly all file systems used by linux and various unices...

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