Jeremy Allison - Sam (8157) writes "Here's a (long:-) interview that Ken Fallon of Hacker Public Radio did with me at FOSDEM. Covers a variety of subjects, from the Sinclair QL interview with Linus to how Samba got started (and how to steal programming time from your employer:-), to the Microsoft/EU lawsuit !" Link to Original Source top
Jeremy Allison - Sam writes "Interview I did with Karen at the Free Software Foundation's LibrePlanet 2012 conference. Covers a range of subjects from Gnome futures to women in computing and medical device software." Link to Original Source top
Video interview with Eben Moglen, Head of the Software Freedom Law Center
Jeremy Allison - Sam writes "Here is a video interview I did with Jim Zemlin, head of the Linux Foundation and Linus Torvalds boss (in theory). Jim articulates his vision of "Linux everywhere", which is really compelling as a mission statement.
Half hour interview (sorry about the background noise, we really need to use a proper studio for this, not just sit outside Chris DiBona's office:-).
The Samba Team is proud to announce the release of Samba 3.2, a major new release of the award-winning Free Software file and print server suite for Microsoft Windows (R) clients.
The evolution of the Samba platform ===================================
Samba 3.2 builds upon the success of Samba 3.0 by modernizing and enhancing the code whilst still retaining compatibility with all existing Samba installations. Samba is the leading technology choice for Windows file serving on UNIX (R) platforms and in embedded Network Attached Storage (NAS) solutions. Samba is used by vendors selling NAS solutions ranging from high end clustered business-critical systems, to low end consumer devices, and everything in between.
Clustered file server support ============================
Samba 3.2, in conjunction with the ctdb (http://ctdb.samba.org) libraries and a back-end distributed file system such as Sun's Lustre (R), IBM's GPFS (R) or Red Hat's GFS (R), can provide a fully clustered file server solution. Every node is able to simultaneously serve an identical, consistent view of the exported file system. Not just a simple "fail-over" high availability solution, Samba 3.2 with ctdb provides a scalable clustered file server solution with full Windows file sharing semantics. Samba and ctdb are already being shipped in production file serving products to some of the most demanding customers in the world in fields such as animation and video production.
Easier configuration ====================
Samba 3.2 introduces a 'registry' based configuration system. This allows vendors embedding Samba in an appliance to more easily manage Samba configuration via the supplied commands or library functions without having to write scripts to modify a text file.
Improved Integration with Microsoft Windows (R) ===============================================
Samba 3.2 has been designed and tested to integrate with the latest Microsoft Windows (R) clients and servers, such as Windows Vista (R) service pack 1, and Windows server 2008 (R).
Encrypted network transport ===========================
An innovation created by the Samba Team, Samba 3.2 has extended the CIFS/SMB protocol to allow transport encryption. File system shares may now be marked as "encrypted" and all access to these shares is now encrypted over the network. Standard GSSAPI encryption techniques are used to safeguard the data. This extension to the CIFS/SMB protocol is open and available for other vendors to adopt without requiring patent licenses or other restrictions.
The memory footprint of Samba has been reduced by the use of the Samba developed "talloc" library, in order to allow greater use of Samba in embedded devices with limited memory requirements. All restrictions on file name lengths have been removed.
IPv6 support ============
The networking functions have been re-written to ensure Samba 3.2 is fully IPv6 compliant. Customers may now use Samba in an IPv6-only network, and it has been tested to work with Microsoft Windows (R) IPv6 implementations as well as UNIX (R) IPv6 implementations.
New library code ================
Samba 3.2 begins the migration of Samba from a monolithic application to a more modular architecture comprised of library functions which can be used to control and configure the Samba environment. The new libnetapi library to control domain membership is one of the first examples of this new approach.
New release manager ===================
Samba 3.2 marks the debut of Karolin Seeger as our new release manager, funded full time to work on Samba releases by SerNet GmbH (http://sernet.de). The Samba Team is happy to welcome Karolin as a Team member, and we hope that Karolin will be driving our release process for many years to come.
Now Licensed under the GNU GPLv3 ================================
The Samba Team has adopted the Version 3 of the GNU General Public License for the 3.2 and later releases. The GPLv3 is the updated version of the GPLv2 license under which Samba is currently distributed. It has been updated to improve compatibility with other licenses and to make it easier to adopt internationally, and is an improved version of the license to better suit the needs of Free Software in the 21st Century.
Samba is the leading choice for Microsoft Windows (R) connectivity ==================================================================
Samba 3.2 is fully portable, POSIX compliant software that runs on a variety of UNIX and UNIX-like systems including AIX (R), FreeBSD, HPUX(R), IRIX (R), Linux (R), Mac OS X (R) and Solaris (R). Samba is shipped as standard on all versions of Linux, and most of the major vendors versions of UNIX as a fully supported part of the operating system. Samba is the leading solution for Microsoft Windows (R) compatibility for embedded appliance and Network Attached Storage vendors.
Getting Samba 3.2 =================
Samba 3.2 is available now from the Samba Web site and all worldwide mirrors.
About the Samba Team ====================
The Samba Team is a worldwide group of computer professionals working together via the Internet to produce the highest quality Free Software Windows (SMB/CIFS) server and client software.
Jeremy Allison - Sam writes "I'm not much for writing blog entries, but I thought Slashdot readers might like to know that Microsoft architects and testers are attending SambaXP and have been giving some wonderful talks on how the protocol document testing works, and on the design of SMB2 in order to work well on WAN links. Really interesting technical stuff. Pinch me, I'm back in 1994 and things are really fun again:-).
December 20th 2007. Today the Protocol Freedom Information Foundation (PFIF), a non-profit organization created by the Software Freedom Law Center, signed an agreement with Microsoft to receive the protocol documentation needed to fully interoperate with the Microsoft Windows workgroup server products and to make them available to Free Software projects such as Samba.
Microsoft was required to make this information available to competitors as part of the European Commission March 24th 2004 Decision in the antitrust lawsuit, after losing their appeal against that decision on September 17th 2007.
Andrew Tridgell, creator of Samba, said, "We are very pleased to be able to get access to the technical information necessary to continue to develop Samba as a Free Software project. Although we were disappointed the decision did not address the issue of patent claims over the protocols, it was a great achievement for the European Commission and for enforcement of antitrust laws in Europe. The agreement allows us to keep Samba up to date with recent changes in Microsoft Windows, and also helps other Free Software projects that need to interoperate with Windows".
Jeremy Allison, co-creator of Samba said, "Andrew did a superb job in negotiating the agreement with Microsoft. We will be able to use the information obtained to continue to develop Samba and create more Free Software. We are hoping to get back to the productive relationship we had with Microsoft during the early 1990's when we shared information about these protocols. The agreement also clarifies the exact patent numbers concerned so there is no possibility of misunderstandings around this issue."
Volker Lendecke, head of the Samba Team in Europe said, "I am very pleased to see that the European Commission acknowledged Free Software as a valid competitor in the IT industry and that the License conditions on the protocol information offered to the Free Software world are indeed compatible with the GPL. This is much better than what we have seen in similar cases in other countries and the Commission has done a great job to push the case to this point."
Compatible with Free Software —
After paying Microsoft a one-time sum of 10,000 Euros, the PFIF will make available to the Samba Team under non-disclosure terms the documentation needed for implementation of all of the workgroup server protocols covered by the EU decision.
Although the documentation itself will be held in confidence by the PFIF and Samba Team engineers, the agreement allows the publication of the source code of the implementation of these protocols without any further restrictions. This is fully compatible with versions two and three of the GNU General Public License (GPL). Samba is published under the GNU GPL which is the most widely used of all Free Software licenses. In addition it allows discussion of the protocol information amongst implementers which will aid technical cooperation between engineers.
Under the agreement, Microsoft is required to make available and keep current a list of patent numbers it believes are related to the Microsoft implementation of the workgroup server protocols, without granting an implicit patent license to any Free Software implementation.
No per-copy royalties are required from the PFIF, Samba developers, third party vendors or users and no acknowledgement of any patent infringement by Free Software implementations is expressed or implied in the agreement.
The patent list provides us with a bounded set of work needed to ensure non-infringement of Samba and other Free Software projects that implement the protocols documented by Microsoft under this agreement. Any patents outside this list cannot be asserted by Microsoft against any implementation developed using the supplied documentation. Unlike the highly dubious patent covenants recently announced by some companies this warranty extends to all third parties. Also unlike past agreements, this agreement has been carefully scrutinized by the Software Freedom Law Center, the premier legal experts for the GPL and Free Software.
Microsoft must keep the documentation up to date with new products and provide error correction assistance to parties signing the agreement. Disputes will be resolved by the Trustee appointed by the Commission as part of the court decision.
The Samba Team would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Carlo Piana from the Free Software Foundation Europe and Eben Moglen of the Software Freedom Law Center, who have been our legal representation on this case. They have provided world-class legal services for many years and we are sincerely grateful.