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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Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

No. Lion's SMB2 implementation is orders faster than Snow Leopard or Leopard's support.


Well, that's good as the Leopards do not support SMB2.

In any case do you know if they'll back port SMB2 to the earlier OS versions? It seems like they should to ensure a gradual transition, but Apple often doesn't support older OS versions with features from newer operating systems.

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_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

Apple often doesn't support older OS versions with features from newer operating systems.


Have they ever?

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

The app store? It was released for Snow Leopard.

I just think it would be silly to have macs on a network one using an old broken version of SMB, and others using the newer SMB2. Not sure how well that would work.

I'm not sure how a company that uses macs approach OS upgrades. Windows is usually a gradual process: testing new OS upgrades on a few machines before deploying company wide. It would be difficult to do that if they couldn't talk to the same network shares. But Macs aren't really used in the numbers at work that Windows PCs are. So maybe Apple doesn't care that much.

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