SUN PC Netlink, was Re: Whose Running Samba as a PDC

Adam Lang aalang at
Tue May 8 20:32:58 GMT 2001

Those answers were pretty sufficient. :)

I was under the impression that Sun had a licensing contract with MS.

Honestly enough, I'm surprised that AT&T was able to work the deal they did
with Sun.  You'd think MS would have put in a nix on that in the contract.

It is sort of interesting on what they are going to do since the only option
they would now have is to reverse engineer SMB or move Netlink to Samba and
follow that development path.

But the fact that the future of Netlink being uncertain is very important.

... I wonder if they would be able to release some of the Netlink code to
the Samba team in order to get Samba upto speed to Netlink in certain areas
so they can merge their product to Samba... I guess it all matters how the
licensing terms are formed...

Adam Lang
Systems Engineer
Rutgers Casualty Insurance Company
----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert M. Martel" <bob at>
To: <samba-ntdom at>
Sent: Tuesday, May 08, 2001 3:46 PM
Subject: SUN PC Netlink, was Re: Whose Running Samba as a PDC

> I am going with Samba for a number of very good reasons.  I wasn't ready
> really run with Sun's offering because of its history.
> Sun built their product on top of AT&T code.  AT&T had access to NT 4.0
> source to build their "advanced server", Sun built Netlink on top of
that - so they had
> "backdoor" access to the NT code.  I doubt MS will allow Sun direct, or
any other kind
> of peek at the code for their newer OS offerings.  How will Sun develop
code to support
> Windows 2000, XP, or whatever comes next?  I was worried about the Netlink
> being a dead-end.
> Another selling point for Sun's product was the ability to manage it using
> native MS tools, user manager, event viewer, etc.  We are primarily a UNIX
shop and
> could care less about MS tools access.
> Even with Sun tossing it to us for free, Netlink was more expensive than
> Samba team, Thanks for the great package!
> -Bob Martel
> ------------- Begin Forwarded Message -------------
> Well, apparently Netlink is free also if you own Solaris.
> I'd assume one of the biggest advantages is that it offers BDC support.
> Granted Samba runs on more platforms, but Netlink runs on the platform you
> are using.
> I'm not trashing Samba.  I was just curious why you would move away from a
> product that "seemed" to offer more functionality and is free also?  It
> helps developing your own strategy when you understand why other
> professionals do the things they do.  Just picking your brain for the
> reasons. :)
> ------------- End Forwarded Message -------------
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