Samba 2.2.0 - glossy press release :-).

Jeremy Allison jeremy at
Tue Apr 17 19:16:14 GMT 2001

In the interests of full disclosure, here's the glossy press
release (with html as well ! :-).



    Samba 2.2.0 - Powering the next generation of Network Attached 

17 April 2001.

The Samba Team is proud to announce a new major release of Samba, 
version 2.2.0. This release includes significant feature enhancements 
for Samba, and sets the standard for UNIX® and Microsoft Windows® 

Enhancements include :

o  Integration of server terminated leases (Windows "oplocks") with 
   UNIX NFS sharing (Linux 2.4 kernel and IRIX only). Complete data 
   and locking integrity when sharing files between UNIX and Windows.

o  Ability to act as an authentication source for Windows 2000® and 
   Windows NT® clients, allowing savings on the purchase of Microsoft® 
   Client Access Licenses.

o  Full support for the automatic downloading of Windows 2000 and 
   Windows NT printer drivers, providing the first full implementation 
   of the Windows NT point-and-print functionality independent of 
   Microsoft code.

o  Unification of Windows 2000 and Windows NT Access control lists 
   (ACLs) with UNIX Access control lists. Allow Windows clients to 
   directly manipulate UNIX Access control entries as though they were 
   Windows ACLs.

o  Single sign-on integration using the winbind server (available 
   separately). Allow UNIX servers to use Windows 2000 and Windows NT 
   Domain controllers as a user and group account server. Manage all 
   user and group accounts from a single source.

o  Microsoft Distributed File System® (DFS) support. Samba 2.2.0 can 
   act as a DFS server in a Microsoft network.

o  Share level security setting. Allow security on Samba shares to be 
   set by Microsoft client tools.

o  Many other feature enhancements and bug fixes.

About Samba

Samba is an Open Source/Free Software implementation of the Microsoft 
CIFS/SMB protocols for UNIX systems. In development for ten years, 
Samba is considered to be the reference implementation of the CIFS/SMB 
protocol for UNIX systems. Samba test tools are used by all the 
CIFS/SMB vendors to test and fix their protocol implementations.

Samba is currently used in Network attached storage (NAS) and other 
products from the following vendors (Note: this does not imply 
endorsement by these vendors, please contact the vendor marketing 
departments separately for comments).

IBM®, SGI® (Samba for IRIX), Sun Microsystems ®(Cobalt Qube), Hewlett 
Packard® (CIFS/9000), VERITAS®, VA Linux Systems®, REALM Information 
Technologies ®, Network Concierge®,  Procom ® and many others.

In addition, Samba is shipped as a standard part of Linux® offerings 
from Linux vendors such as Red Hat®, Caldera®, SuSE®, Mandrake®, 
TurboLinux ® and others.

Samba is being used worldwide to solve the problem of integrating 
hetrogeneous networks by corporations such as Agilent Technologies ®,  
CISCO Systems ®, and many others in addition to educational 
establishments and individuals

Best of all Samba is an Open Source/Free software project, available 
under the GNU GPL license meaning that source code for Samba is freely 
available for anyone to modify and customize.

Code from the Samba Team and individuals around the world has been 
integrated and tested to create Samba. In addition the following 
corporations have made significant donations of code, effort, testing 
facilities and support to make this release possible :

Linuxcare (now TurboLinux), VA Linux Systems, Caldera, SGI, Hewlett 
Packard, VERITAS, IBM.

This new release may be downloaded from our Web site at :

For press enquiries about this release please contact either Jeremy 
Allison (jra at, Andrew Tridgell (tridge at or John 
Terpstra (jht at

             Samba - the SOURCE  for Windows Networking !

Buying an operating system without source is like buying
a self-assembly Space Shuttle with no instructions.
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