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[2]: hmmm
by chemical_scum on Sat 26th Mar 2011 22:22 UTC in reply to "RE: hmmm"
chemical_scum
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The SMB protocol was developed by a Microsoft


The SMB (Server Message Blocks) protocol was not developed by Microsoft. It was developed IBM who made the protocol open for everyone to use. Microsoft launched its embrace and extend policy on this and renamed the result CIFS (Common Internet File System) which like the Holy Roman Empire which was neither Holy, Roman or an Empire, CIFS was neither Common, Internet related or a File System.

It then launched its Active Directory which was an embrace and extend proprietary combination of the open SMB, Kereberos and LDAP standards an software with deliberately added incompatabilities.

Thanks should be given to Tridge and Jeremy for SAMBA and their ability to get round MS's road blocks and to promote compatibility. They chose GPLv3 to shove it in the face of those who try to use patents to stifle innovation like Apple and MS.

Edited 2011-03-26 22:25 UTC

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