IBM's resource for developers and IT professionals developerWorks nominates Samba on the second position of the 10 important Linux developments everyone should know about.
Link | Posted at 10:09
This is the latest bug fix release for Samba 3.0 and is the version recommended for all production Samba servers running this release series. The uncompressed tarballs and patch files have been signed using GnuPG (ID 6568B7EA). The source code can be downloaded now. A patch against Samba 3.0.31 is also available. See the release notes for more info.
Link | Posted at 17:36
This is the latest bug fix release for Samba 3.2 and is the version recommended for all production Samba servers running this release series. The uncompressed tarballs and patch files have been signed using GnuPG (ID 6568B7EA). The source code can be downloaded now. A patch against Samba 3.2.1 is also available. See the release notes for more info.
Link | Posted at 09:33
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 ® clients.
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 ® 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.
Samba 3.2, in conjunction with the ctdb libraries and a back-end distributed file system such as Sun's Lustre ®, IBM's GPFS ® or Red Hat's GFS ®, 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.
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.
Samba 3.2 has been designed and tested to integrate with the latest Microsoft Windows ® clients and servers, such as Windows Vista ® service pack 1, and Windows server 2008 ®.
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.
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 ® IPv6 implementations as well as UNIX ® IPv6 implementations.
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.
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. 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.
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 Samba Adopts GPLv3 for Future Releases.
Samba 3.2 is fully portable, POSIX compliant software that runs on a variety of UNIX and UNIX-like systems including AIX ®, FreeBSD, HPUX®, IRIX ®, Linux ®, Mac OS X ® and Solaris ®. 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 ® compatibility for embedded appliance and Network Attached Storage vendors.
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.
The second edition of the Samba Mashup Report (SMR) is now available online at http://www.samba.org/samba/mashup/SMR-04-15-2008.html
Table of Contents:
Link | Posted at 09:19
The inaugural edition of the Samba Mashup Report (SMR) is now available online at http://www.samba.org/samba/mashup/SMR-04-28-2008.html
Table of Contents:
Link | Posted at 11:44
Kai Blin has posted to our samba-technical mailing list announcing that Samba is accepting student proposals for the Google Summer of Code now.
Samba is again participating as a mentoring organization for the Google Summer of Code.
If you are a student and interested in participating, check out our ideas list. We would appreciate if you could drop by on the samba-technical mailing list or in #samba-technical on Freenode and have a chat with us on the project you are interested in.
The Samba Team would like to thank Google, Leslie Hawthorn in particular, for organizing this great project yet another year.
You can formally apply at the Google Summer of Code page on 24 March 2008.
Link | Posted at 10:23
From April 17th to 18th 2008 developers and users will meet again in Goettingen, Germany at the seventh international Samba conference, the "samba eXPerience 2008".
From the press release:
The sambaXP is the leading event with focus on the most important free alternative to proprietary SMB/CIFS servers.
The call for papers and early bird registration are open until January 28th 2008. Please find all necessary information at the conference homepage.
Link | Posted at 09:22
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."
Link | Posted at 09:21
After internal consideration in the Samba Team we have decided to adopt the GPLv3 and LGPLv3 licences for all future releases of Samba.
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.
To allow people to distinguish which Samba version is released with the new GPLv3 license, we are updating our next version release number. The next planned version release was to be 3.0.26, this will now be renumbered so the GPLv3 version release will be 3.2.0.
To be clear, all versions of Samba numbered 3.2 and later will be under the GPLv3, all versions of Samba numbered 3.0.x and before remain under the GPLv2.
The Samba Team would like to thank Richard Stallman, Eben Moglen and the Free Software Foundation for updating the GPL license, and also all the individuals and corporations involved in helping to create the GPLv3. We feel this is an important change to help promote the interests of Samba and other Free Software.
The Samba Team.
What about code submissions ? Does anything change?
New code contributions will be accepted in exactly the same way as before. As Samba has always accepted code with the "or (at your option) any later version" of the GPL, contributors do not need to change anything about their submissions.
I need to ship 3.0.x for several years as part of a service contract. What about old versions?
As with previous major version changes, the Team will continue to provide security fixes for 3.0.25b releases for as long as this code base is widely used. All new features will only be developed for the new 3.2.x or later GPLv3 versions however.
Help! I've read scary things about the anti-DRM, language in GPLv3? What does this mean for my Samba-based products?
We're not aware of any vendor distributing Samba in such a way that would cause them to fall foul of the new DRM language in the GPLv3, but as always, consult legal advice if you have doubts.
I am the author of a GPLv2 licensed program, can I still use the samba libraries?
The Samba Team releases libraries under two licenses: the GPLv3 and the LGPLv3. If your code is released under a "GPLv2 or later" license, it is compatible with both the GPLv3 and the LGPLv3 licensed Samba code.
If your code is released under a "GPLv2 only" license, it is not compatible with the Samba libraries released under the GPLv3 or LGPLv3 as the wording of the "GPLv2 only" license prevents mixing with other licenses. If you wish to use libraries released under the LGPLv3 with your "GPLv2 only" code then you will need to modify the license on your code.
What about patent covenant agreements ? How do they affect the distribution of Samba?
Patent covenant deals done after 28 March 2007 are explicitly incompatible with the license if they are "discriminatory" under section 11 of the GPLv3. Samba distributors who have made such patent covenant agreements after that date will not have the right to distribute any version of Samba covered by the GPLv3 (Samba 3.2 or later). The rights of vendors to ship 3.0.25b and previous versions is unchanged and remains as it was under the GPLv2. Consult legal advice if you are in doubt.
Link | Posted at 11:55
The next Samba bugzilla day is schedule for Tuesday, April 10, from 6am - 6pm Pacific Standard Time US (GMT-8). The focus will be on installing Samba 3.0.25rc1 on non-production (or semi-production) servers and eating our own dogfood. We'll also work on performing a triage of the bugs filed against Samba 3.0 and determine if there are any open showstoppers.
Meet up on the #samba-technical IRC channel at irc.freenode.net and prepare to beat up on 3.0.25rc1. If you have any questions about how to get started, you can find Jerry Carter on #samba-technical as coffeedude.
More details are on the Samba Wiki - Bugzilla Day page.
Link | Posted at 14:49
The sixth "sambaXP" is about six weeks away. It promises to be a bit different than the five events before it.
The organizers are happy to welcome Howard Chu (Chief Architect of OpenLDAP) as the keynote speaker. Other topics include: talks from the WINE project and OpenChange to show the link to other projects, a talk regarding Samba and GPLv3 reflecting current legal discussions and, of course, developers, users, and vendors fill out the rest of the program with 25 talks in two days.
Like last year, an additional six hour tutorial track with Gerald Carter has been scheduled. This year will focus on "Remote Management," including Identity Management Systems.
All information about the conference, talks, party, registration, and hotel reservations is updated regularly at sambaXP.org.
Link | Posted at 12:14
FileEngine, an on-site server appliance, is managed remotely as an SMB service. This unique approach, combined with the product's potential for up-front profitability, earns FileEngine the Product of the Year nod for networking hardware.
Congratulations to File Engine!
Link | Posted at 10:57
From April 23th to 25th 2007 developers and users will meet again in Goettingen, Germany at the sixth international SAMBA conference, the "samba eXPerience 2007".
The first five conferences have been very successful events with each having more than 160 participants from all over the world. sambaXP is the only international conference devoted to Samba, with many members of the Samba Team in attendence each year.
The call for papers is open until February 5th 2007. Please find all necessary information at the conference homepage.
Link | Posted at 11:28
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Link | Posted at 21:12
The Samba Team disapproves strongly of the actions taken by Novell on November 2nd.
One of the fundamental differences between the proprietary software world and the free software world is that the proprietary software world divides users by forcing them to agree to coercive licensing agreements which restrict their rights to share with each other, whereas the free software world encourages users to unite and share the benefits of the software.
The patent agreement struck between Novell and Microsoft is a divisive agreement. It deals with users and creators of free software differently depending on their "commercial" versus "non-commercial" status, and deals with them differently depending on whether they obtained their free software directly from Novell or from someone else.
The goals of the Free Software community and the GNU GPL allow for no such distinctions.
Furthermore, the GPL makes it clear that all distributors of GPL'd software must stand together in the fight against software patents. Only by standing together do we stand a chance of defending against the peril represented by software patents. With this agreement Novell is attempting to destroy that unified defense, exchanging the long term interests of the entire Free Software community for a short term advantage for Novell over their competitors.
For Novell to make this deal shows a profound disregard for the relationship that they have with the Free Software community. We are, in essence, their suppliers, and Novell should know that they have no right to make self serving deals on behalf of others which run contrary to the goals and ideals of the Free Software community.
Using patents as competitive tools in the free software world is not acceptable. Novell, as a participant in numerous debates, discussions and conferences on the topic knew this to be the case. We call upon Novell to work with the Software Freedom Law Center to undo the patent agreement and acknowledge its obligations as a beneficiary of the Free Software community.
Link | Posted at 09:20
The Samba Team is delighted to announce that Google has committed to providing the Samba project with an annual donation of US $20,000.00.
"This is fantastic news for the Samba project" said team member Andrew Tridgell, "and will allow us to provide more support for developers who could not otherwise afford the travel expenses to attend conferences. Contributions like these make a huge difference!".
This is the first donation of its type for Samba since the project joined the Software Freedom Conservancy. Membership of the SFC makes accepting donations like this considerably easier for the team.
Link | Posted at 12:54
SSLBridge, a web-based client to browse Samba networks over the Internet, has been released under the GPL. The work has been sponsored by the company Epiware. With a smooth Ajax-enabled interface, SSLBridge makes it easy to access files from a web browser, over a Samba-driven network.
The tool's website has a nice demo, which showcases drag-n-drop, downloads, browsing and more. See the site for download.
Link | Posted at 12:25
The 2006 CIFS Conference and Plugfest starts today. Several Samba Team members are on hand at the event, and a few are speaking during the conference.
See the Samba Team calendar for more info.
Link | Posted at 13:36
Preparing for its 5th annual event, SCALE 5x, the Southern California Linux Expo has issued a call for papers. SCALE 5x will be held on Feb 10-11, 2007 at the Los Angeles Airport Westin. Past speakers have included Chris Dibona, Jon "maddog" Hall, Andrew Morton, and the Samba Team's John Terpstra.
SCALE has always been interested in Samba presentations and speakers, so check out the call for papers if the timing works for you.
Link | Posted at 21:24
This Samba news site has been upgraded over the last twenty-four hours. The site is now Django powered!
Besides all the Django-ie goodness on the backend, the Samba news site has some new features as well: direct links to each story, better search, and some nice alternate views of the stories here for samba.org to refactor.
Link | Posted at 00:02
Slides, pictures, and audio from Samba eXPerience 2006 are available from the sambaXP site archives. Follow the links to archive and pictures in the sidebar on the left-hand side of the page. Lots of good material here, both for those who attended and for those who couldn't make it.
Congratulations to the following who were selected to work on Samba projects as part of Google's Summer of Code '06. Google will fund the following 6 students to work on Samba over the Summer months.
We are glad to have these new developers, even if only for a few months. We're looking forward to the code they will contribute to Samba.
Link | Posted at 12:20
PostPath has created a protocol-compatible drop-in alternative to Exchange.
It provides granular backup and restore, on or offsite redundancy, 5X Exchange performance, and AJAX web access.
The best part is that the company leveraged Samba and other Open Source software to do it.
Link | Posted at 17:30
Google is doing its Summer of Code program again this year. Samba is proud to be involved again as a mentor organization, so if you're a student and have some time on your hands this summer, consider signing up. From the Summer of Code site:
The SoC is our program to introduce students to the world of Open Source software development. Last year of the 8744 applicants, 419 students were accepted into the program and more than 80% of them succeeded, which means they received the full stipend of $4500.
Today, 1 May 2006, is the day Google has planned to start accepting applications from students. For a list of potential projects in Samba development, see our Summer of Code '06 project page.
Link | Posted at 10:10
There's less than a month to go until Samba eXPerience 2006. sambaXP is the only international conference devoted exclusively to Samba. The conference also offers an excellent opportunity to meet many Samba Team members.
Info on registration, hotels, and conference schedule can be found on the sambaXP site. Consider this your friendly news.samba.org reminder.
Link | Posted at 13:30
samba4WINS is a replicating WINS server designed to run in parallel with Samba 3 servers, version 3.0.21 and higher. From SerNet's press release:
Initiated by SerNet and sponsored by Computacenter, Fujitsu Siemens Computers (FSC) and LiSoG e.V. it became possible to develop a free software needed by many users: the replicating WINS server - samba4WINS. Due to this solution WINS server running with Windows in a lot of environments can be migrated to Linux.
The urgent need to solve customer problems at the project partners Computacenter and FSC in October 2005 urged the plan to develop a new concept for WINS server within the Samba4-project. Until now Samba3 offers the possibility to start a WINS server but it cannot synchronize in a ring with other WINS servers, an ability that is requested in many complex networks. Even after complete migration to Linux/Unix/Samba Windows servers are still inevitable in those networks. This remarkable cost factor will be abolished with samba4WINS.
Recently, the web applications hosted on samba.org were migrated to a new server. The following are all now running off new hardware:
The new server and bandwidth have been generously donated to the Samba project by Jump Domain. Thanks to the folks at Jump Domain for supporting our efforts to bridge the gap between Windows and Unix.
Link | Posted at 13:00
The time for sambaXP 2006 is drawing near and the conference has issued its call for papers.
From April 24th to 26th 2006 developers and users will meet again in Goettingen, Germany at the fifth international SAMBA conference, the "samba eXPerience 2006".
The first four conferences have been very successful events with each more than 160 participants from all over the world. The sambaXP is the leading event with focus on the most important free alternative to proprietary SMB/CIFS servers.
The organizers are very happy about Novell's contribution to the conference. Sponsoring this event shows the commitment to Samba, Linux and Free Software in a most evident way. Others are invited to take a share!
The call for papers is open until February 28th 2006. Please find all necessary information at the conference homepage.
Link | Posted at 10:20
The Southern California Linux Expo 2006, which lists the Samba Team's own John Terpstra among conference speakers, wants to remind the Samba community of the upcoming deadline for speaker and exhibitors submissions. The announcement follows:
SCALE 4x, the 2006 Southern California Linux Expo, has issued a Call For Papers. They will be accepting presentation proposals through November 20, 2005. Additionally, SCALE is offering exhibit space to open- source projects and community organizations. Some projects which have already signed up include: NetBSD, CACert, and Cinepaint.
SCALE 4x, the fourth annual Linux and Open Source conference, will be held at the Los Angeles Airport Westin on Feb 11-12. SCALE is a community run non-profit event. Speakers this year will include Chris Dibona (Google), Matt Asay (Alfresco), John Terpstra (Samba) and more....
For more info, see http://www.socallinuxexpo.org.
Submitted by Ilan Rabinovitch.
Link | Posted at 10:40
Heather Fox recently posted the following to the Samba mailing list:
This past Wed., 9/28/05, NewsForge [a website property of the Open Source Technology Group ((OSTG))], published a review of John Terpstra's new Second Edition, of "Samba-3 by Example: Practical Exercises to Successful Deployment". The review, written by Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier, opens with this paragraph: "Too many technical books provide superficial coverage of their subject matter. Samba-3 by Example by John H. Terpstra, a long-time member of the Samba Team, is one of the rare titles that actually delivers the goods."
See the full review, here.
It's that time of year again! The CIFS Conference and Plugfest will begin this coming Monday, August 1, in San Jose, CA. A good portion of the Samba Team will be in attendance, and the following will also be giving talks or tutorials:
For more information, visit http://www.cifs2005.org/.
Link | Posted at 14:30
Congratulations to the following who were selected to work on Samba projects as part of Google's Summer of Code. Samba had a total of 69 submitted proposals from 59 unique individuals. From these, Google will fund 6 to work on Samba over the months of July and August.
We are really excited to have these new developers, even if only for a few months. Look for them on the samba-technical mailing list and IRC channel.
Link | Posted at 10:10
A new book collecting the Samba documentation has been released. For those who want a more searchable Samba book, the Samba Compendium may be of interest. This electronic-only book is made up of all current samba documentation, logically arranged to suit the electronic medium.
For more information, visit the OSoft web site.
This Summer, don't let your programming skills lie fallow...Use them for the greater good of Open Source Software and computer science! Google will provide a $4500 award to each student who successfully completes an open source project by the end of the Summer.
For a list of potential projects in Samba development, see our Summer of Code project page.
Link | Posted at 11:20
FreeNX has a new release (0.4.0), which may be of interest to others in the Samba community. The announcement can help explain why:
It is code-named "SambaXP Edition" for two reasons:
FreeNX 0.4.0 sports several new feature and fixes for all bugs found in 0.3.1. [....] New major features include:
- its first public announcement happened during the SambaXP Conference in Goettingen/Germany.
- this version utilizes for the first time Samba to support file sharing between NX client and FreeNX server.
- Full filesharing support via Samba.
- Sound support via ESD/artsd.
- Printing support via Samba and a separate userspace cupsd for each user session.
For all the details on FreeNX-0.4.0 "SambaXP Edition", see the release announcement (quoted above). For more on FreeNX itself, see the FreeNX project site. There is also a FreeNX-kNX user mailing list.
Submitted by Kurt Pfeifle.
Link | Posted at 17:00
The time has come to start thinking about this year's CIFS Conference and Plugfest. The website (http://www.cifs2005.org/) is now up and has lots of good information on the event. Those interested in attending can find information on registration. Many of us on the Samba Team will attend, as the conference is a great chance for those interested in CIFS compatibility and interoperability to get together.
This year marks the 9th Annual CIFS Conference and Plugfest, which will take place August 1-5, 2005 at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose, California. To be co-located at this event, the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) proudly announces the inaugural Developer Solutions Conference and Showcase. Together these events hope to bring to you industry breaking knowledge in a vendor neutral forum of education and technical development.
With the contributions of speakers and attendees, the result of this industry effort is that it helps ensure product compatibility and interoperability for both current and future CIFS implementations and also assists in decreased time-to-market for new products and improved interoperability in the market place.
Along with the conference, the Plugfest allows vendors to bring their client and server implementations of CIFS to test, identify and fix bugs in a collaborative setting. The goal is to provide a forum where companies can develop compatible CIFS products.
To get involved or to register for the conference, please see http://www.cifs2005.org/.
The 1.34 version of the CIFS client has been released. This version i includes many improvements:
See the changelog fs/cifs/CHANGES and fs/cifs/README for additional details.
Download instructions, including replacement cifs files for a few common kernels, can be found at the project page.
This version has been submitted for inclusion in future Linux mainline kernels.
Link | Posted at 13:40
Wong Onn Chee has informed us that a new Meetup.com group has been created for Samba users. From Wong's mail to news.samba.org:
Meet with Locals who use Samba, the Open Source/Free Software suite. Gather to discuss the latest News and Software. Visit http://sambaware.meetup.com/ today!
Visit the link above to get info on existing groups. Or start a local Samba meetup group yourself!
Link | Posted at 21:40