Caution Stoopid Newbie

Greg J. Zartman greg at
Wed Apr 4 23:20:22 GMT 2001


I think people can get all worked up about the different versions and which
should be used by the average users.  What it boils down to is this:
Version 2.0.7 is the current production release and is therefore officially
stable.  If you are in an environment that is sensitive to stability, then
use that version.  With that said, I think that for just about anyone else,
version 2.2 alphaxx is the best solution. Especially if you are setting up a
domain that included Win2k machines.  Yes, there is development going on
with the code, and not all of it is 100% stable.   From what I've seen,
however, the samba team does an excellent job of keeping the code stable.

I started from scratch with Linux (Mandrake 7.2) in January of this year and
downloaded Samba from CVS right off the bat.  The only problems that I have
run into is with my own mistakes.  The code has worked flawlessly.  If you
are in a non-critical environment, I wouldn't hesitate to use Samba 2.2.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Jet Set Willy" <jsw at>
To: <samba-ntdom at>
Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2001 3:50 AM
Subject: Caution Stoopid Newbie

> Please could somebody clear up some confusion I have - I freely
> admit that I am a clueless newbie in both samba and linux so be warned....
> I am runing Mandrake 7.1 (if that makes a difference) and have
> managed to get samba running quite well ( verion 2.0.6) ie I
> can see shares copy files from my win98 machine and so on.
> Works perfectly. Now what I really want  (what I really really want)
> is to be able to login to the linux box from the 98 machine. So
> far I have waded thru the text docs that come with samba, I've
> read a couple of how-to's  and bought a book ( think
> is the samba black book but can't be sure of the exact title
> cos I've left it at home). Finally I've found this mailing list !
> So far the documentation seems fairly confusing (to a newbie)
> as I understand it later versions[1] of samba support NT PDC
> type things however it suggests that the version I have will allow
> 98 logons - can somebody point me in the direction of a definitive
> answer of what 2.0.6 will support ie I think it supports logons from
> 98 machines but doesn't do full PDC - is this correct ? If so then
> I guess there must be some differences between the two - what
> are they ?
> Hope somebody can help, thanks
> [1] I don't think I am up to downloading and recompling a newer
> version of samba *just* yet - give me time though

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