Samba 3.1.0 Available for Download

Gerald (Jerry) Carter jerry at
Sat Sep 25 00:53:26 GMT 2004

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Welcome to the first release of the 3.1.0 development branch.
This is an unstable release series intended only for use by
testers and developers.  We make no claims as to whether it even

The purpose of the 3.1.x releases is similar to what we've used
the 'alpha' tag for in the past.  These are unstable, development
releases that may beat you up and take your lunch money.  We make
no guarantees. But the 3.1 tree will also has some new experimental
features that may entice you to take a look (we hope).

Samba 3.1.0 will include changes to winbindd (for scalability),
code for implementing NT privileges, some proposed fixes to
the printing code's background queue update daemon, and others.

So invariably, the question will arise what is the relationship
between Samba 3.1 and Samba 4?  The answer is that Samba 3.1 is
continuation of the Samba 3.x series in an effort to foster further
development.  Team members are still working on Samba 4 and we will
ship that once it is ready.

Samba 3.1.x is just a platform for implementing newer features
that could potentially destabilize the 3.0.x tree (and delay
the necessary bug fix releases).  Once features stabilize in
Samba 3.1, they will be considered for back porting to the Samba
3.0 tree.  If 3.1.x gets a large number of new features that are
not suitable for back porting to 3.0, then we will create a stable
3.2 series of releases and start the process over again.

The source code can be downloaded from :

The uncompressed tarball and patch file have been signed using GnuPG.
The Samba public key is available at

Our code, Our Bugs, Our Responsibility.

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~                                -- The Samba Team

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