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Popular Android Apps Full of Bugs: Researchers Blame Recycling of Code

Jeremy Allison - Sam Re:How has slashdot come to this? (150 comments)

Utter crap. Codenomicon are very friendly to FLOSS and FLOSS developers. They're also great guys. They have been providing free test services to the Samba project for many years now, and have helped us fix many many bugs.

In case you hadn't noticed, the code they're reporting on here is closed source proprietary code...

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

Jeremy Allison - Sam Re:Don't do it. Linux sucks as an XP workgroup (452 comments)

I think Ubuntu has user shares turned on. In which case you right click on the directory and click on the 'share' menu item, just like Windows.

Disclaimer. I wrote the Samba code for this feature...

about 7 months ago
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"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

Jeremy Allison - Sam Oh Microsoft, oh Microsoft.. (742 comments)

"Guys, I know we've been punching you in the face for 20+ years but we've *stopped* now !
Why don't you love us ?"

As someone who works very well with Microsoft these days and has many friends there, the lack of self-awareness in the posts on the article is staggering :-).

You have to do more than stopping being bad. Being *good* is required. :-).

I know you can do it ! Stop being a patent troll for starters.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?

Jeremy Allison - Sam Re:Heaven (420 comments)

The thing you have to understand is that this isn't a technical problem.

All of these things are well understood, and there are Free Software libraries that will do all of these things (indeed the proprietary commercial solutions are often built with these very self-same libraries).

No, this is a *legal* problem, with patents on software destroying the opportunity to create many wonderful things that consumers would love to buy, if the legal framework allowed it, which it doesn't.

It's almost unimaginable how much damage one simple thing (allowing patents on software) has done to the industry.

about 9 months ago
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Samba: Less Important Because Windows Is Less Important

Jeremy Allison - Sam Re:Windows is more open (162 comments)

They're not going to do that. The director of Windows server development at Microsoft even gave us a quote for the Samba 4 press release.

https://www.samba.org/samba/news/releases/4.0.0.html

For the tl;dr crowd:

"Active Directory is a mainstay of enterprise IT environments, and Microsoft is committed to support for interoperability across platforms," said Thomas Pfenning, director of development, Windows Server. "We are pleased that the documentation and interoperability labs that Microsoft has provided have been key in the development of the Samba 4.0 Active Directory functionality."

Thanks a *lot* Thomas !

about 2 years ago
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Samba: Less Important Because Windows Is Less Important

Jeremy Allison - Sam Re:First posting? (162 comments)

No, I also know when it was first widely adopted. I was around and shepherded it through that remember. It really took off around 1994 when we had very wide use on SunOS and early Solaris use.

Wider Linux use really didn't start until about until 1996 or so. I remember tridge and I being amazed that making it work on Linux became more important than making it work on SunOS/Solaris/HPUX and other commercial UNIXes.

Jeremy.

about 2 years ago
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Samba: Less Important Because Windows Is Less Important

Jeremy Allison - Sam Re: What he really means... (162 comments)

Oh sure. The mail slot interface is an essential part of the protocol. That's why you just can't buy Samba based products anymore, all commercial NAS are re-badged versions of Windows server.

Sarcasm, in case anyone was wondering..

Jeremy

about 2 years ago
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Samba: Less Important Because Windows Is Less Important

Jeremy Allison - Sam Re:First posting? (162 comments)

No, you're getting the history the wrong way around.

Samba was started in '92. The web wasn't on most companies radar until the late 90's.

Web and database on Linux came in the door opened by file servers :-).

Our original platform was SunOS (not even Solaris). When Samba started Linux was a toy, it didn't even have networking.

Jeremy.

about 2 years ago
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Samba: Less Important Because Windows Is Less Important

Jeremy Allison - Sam Re:Comedy silver (162 comments)

Hahahah ! Actually, that's comedy *gold*.

man smb.conf :-).

about 2 years ago
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Samba: Less Important Because Windows Is Less Important

Jeremy Allison - Sam Re:Too bad SMB is so slow (162 comments)

It's all in how the server is configured, and if the client will pipeline requests.

I can easily saturate a gigabit network using modern Linux CIFSFS and Samba. Ensure you turn on pthread based aio on the server, and the client now issues multiple outstanding read/write requests.

SMB2 makes this easier as it does this by default even on Windows clients. Ensuring your server has the pthread-based aio is the key though (depending on server CPU availablilty - on low end systems some OEM's get more mileage by using zero-copy sendfile/recvfile instead).

Jeremy.

about 2 years ago
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Samba: Less Important Because Windows Is Less Important

Jeremy Allison - Sam Re:First posting? (162 comments)

And it still probably won't come with an offer for source code (sigh :-).

Jeremy.

about 2 years ago
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Samba 4.0 Released: the First Free Software Active Directory Compatible Server

Jeremy Allison - Sam Re:No more job security :) (343 comments)

You do realize that many enterprise storage servers made by companies like IBM, Symantec, EMC, Dell etc. are or have been based on Samba code, right ?

Nah, probably not... :-). After all, you know that only Windows storage servers work with Windows clients don't you :-).

Jeremy

about 2 years ago
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Samba 4.0 Released: the First Free Software Active Directory Compatible Server

Jeremy Allison - Sam Re:GPLv3 (343 comments)

/. is not what it was, but then again it never was :-).

I miss the .bruce.perens/bruce.perens/bruce.perens./ wars.. and the "information wants to be wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide" guy :-). And who could forget sig11's "will the real Bruce Perens please stand up" ?

But Tim Potter (old Samba Team member) and I loved the trolls :-).

Jeremy.

about 2 years ago
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Samba 4.0 Released: the First Free Software Active Directory Compatible Server

Jeremy Allison - Sam Re:GPLv3 (343 comments)

Yes, I'm Jeremy Allison - the original poster. I created Samba along with tridge (he was there first, and is much smarter than me though :-). I thought that was obvious, sorry :-).

Jeremy.

about 2 years ago
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Samba 4.0 Released: the First Free Software Active Directory Compatible Server

Jeremy Allison - Sam Re:How does Microsoft feel about this? (343 comments)

There isn't a court-ordered requirement for them to test it. There's a market enforced requirement :-).

Go into Frys (or local Geek store). Look at all the NAS boxes on the shelf. That's all Samba. Every one.

Now imagine you're Microsoft. A new version of Windows comes out and it doesn't work against all the "home NAS media servers" people have. Ooops :-(.

They test against Samba *all the time*, as it's good for their business to do so.

They also go a little above and beyond by helping test the AD server part of Samba (which isn't in wide production use yet) - they do that in their interop labs up in Redmond.

They provide free food for the engineers working late up there. It's not as good as the free Google food (but then again, hey - what is ? :-) :-).

Jeremy.

about 2 years ago
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Samba 4.0 Released: the First Free Software Active Directory Compatible Server

Jeremy Allison - Sam Re:How does Microsoft feel about this? (343 comments)

Possibly their marketing and senior exec's hate it (although I doubt that - Thomas Pfenning is at director level in the Windows org and he think's it's pretty cool.

But I know their engineers think it's cool :-).

Jeremy.

about 2 years ago
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Samba 4.0 Released: the First Free Software Active Directory Compatible Server

Jeremy Allison - Sam Re:How does Microsoft feel about this? (343 comments)

In the words of Francis Urquart:

"You might think that. I couldn't possibly comment.." :-).

about 2 years ago
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Samba 4.0 Released: the First Free Software Active Directory Compatible Server

Jeremy Allison - Sam Re:I wouldn't jump the gun just yet (343 comments)

It's just an AD server. Why would running under Virtualization environments, Hyper-V, Multiple AD servers, matter ?

Jeremy.

about 2 years ago

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Amazon base new AWS Directory Service on Samba4

Jeremy Allison - Sam Jeremy Allison - Sam writes  |  about a week ago

Jeremy Allison - Sam (8157) writes "https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/a...

"The New AWS Directory Service
Today we are introducing the AWS Directory Service to address these challenges! This managed service provides two types of directories. You can connect to an existing on-premises directory or you can set up and run a new, Samba-based directory in the Cloud."

Best news for Samba all year !"

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Hacker Public Radio audio interview with Jeremy Allison @ FOSDEM.

Jeremy Allison - Sam Jeremy Allison - Sam writes  |  about 9 months ago

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 !"
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Samba 4.0 released - The First Free Software Active Directory Compatible Server

Jeremy Allison - Sam Jeremy Allison - Sam writes  |  about 2 years ago

Jeremy Allison - Sam writes "I thought you'd be interested to know we released Samba 4.0 today,
containing the first compatible Free Software implementation of
Microsoft’s Active Directory protocols.

The press release is attached. Microsoft were nice enough to
give us a positive quote for the press :-).

Jeremy Allison,
Samba Team."

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Video interview with Jim Zemlin, Linux Foundation

Jeremy Allison - Sam Jeremy Allison - Sam writes  |  more than 3 years ago

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 :-).

Jeremy."

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Video Interviews from GUADEC

Jeremy Allison - Sam Jeremy Allison - Sam writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Jeremy Allison - Sam (8157) writes "Whilst at GUADEC (the GNOME conference) I did a series of video interviews with participants. Several have now been published here:

Introduction and interview with Bradley Kuhn of the Free Software Foundation and Free Software Conservancy:
http://google-opensource.blogspot.com/2010/08/interviews-guadec-part-1.html

Marina Zhurakhinskaya, GNOME Shell developer and Senior Software Engineer at Red Hat, an organizer of the GNOME Outreach Program for Women:
http://google-opensource.blogspot.com/2010/08/interviews-from-guadec-part-2.html

Lennart Poettering, creator of PulseAudio:
http://google-opensource.blogspot.com/2010/09/interviews-from-guadec-part-3.html

With more to come. Stay tuned ! :-).

Jeremy Allison.
Google Open Source Programs Office."

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Samba Team releases Samba 3.2

Jeremy Allison - Sam Jeremy Allison - Sam writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Jeremy Allison - Sam writes "Samba Team Releases Samba 3.2
                                            =============================

July 1st 2008.

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.

Reduced memory requirements
===========================

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.

The original announcement is available on-line at

        http://news.samba.org/announcements/samba_gplv3/

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.

www.samba.org

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.

                            Samba — "Opening Windows to a Wider World""

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Microsoft giving SMB2 talks at SambaXP

Jeremy Allison - Sam Jeremy Allison - Sam writes  |  more than 6 years ago

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 :-).

Cheers,

Jeremy Allison,
Samba Team"

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