Commercial organization suckage wrt Samba

Greg Dickie greg at
Fri Dec 17 12:37:59 GMT 1999

I vote that you get even more direct and tell them to go to hell. A few years
ago at a previous job I had but samba in place on one of those huge, fill a
room, XEROX printing machines so that our tech writers could print directly to
it. This was something that XEROX could not do at the time so the tech. writers
were thrilled. The next time the XEROX sales rep. showed up he asked to see me
and wanted me to give him the samba binaries and source that I had modified
slightly to put more info in the queues AND show one of his engineers how to
use it.... now.

  No money, no lunch... nadda. Now I am no where in the league of the samba
core developpers but it pissed me off as I had told him he could go and grab it
off the web for free. But you kbow its so much easier just to get someone else
to do it isn't it?

  Tell them to piss off, that's what I say.


On 17-Dec-99 Richard Sharpe wrote:
> Hmmm, 
> Luke referred to commercial organizations sucking off of the Samba effort
> and giving nothing in return.
> I have been contacted by various people over the last twelve months.  Said
> people have all been trying to implement various forms of SMB server,
> mostly for embedding in printers.
> None of them have come bearing gifts, and seemed to simply want to suck off
> of the effort I have put into learning about the SMB protocol and the Samba
> source code.  None have offered pizzas, tools, knowledge, etc, in return,
> at least not to my knowledge.
> This last one seems to take the cake.
> It would seem that Texas Instruments, if that who is, is wanting to
> build an SMB capable printer.  They seem to have subcontracted the work to
> their Indian Development Branch.
> I got an EM from a very imperious fellow who want to know all sorts of
> things.  I was busy at the time giving courses and working on more decoding
> of the SMB protocol in Ethereal, so I did not reply. 
> A few days later, I got an even more imperious message from this fellow
> saying that he was waiting for my reply.  I refrained from sending back
> that I was waiting for some money, and pointed out that the info he needed
> was in Ethereal and Samba, and, but for the want of a clue (converting HEX
> to Decimal), he would have stumbled over it :-)  I did however object to
> being asked to do, for no recompense, the work he was being paid for.
> It seems that this fellow was non-plussed, and today I got an EM from one
> of his compatriots in the US.  This EM was much more pleasantly
> constructed, but still asking for the same info, and likewise, sans gifts :-(
> I provided more clues.
> However, it would appear that the world is full of people who want others
> to do their work for them.
> So endeth my gripe for the day.
> Regards
> -------
> Richard Sharpe, sharpe at, Master Linux Administrator :-),
> Samba (Team member,, Ethereal (Team member,
> Co-author, SAMS Teach Yourself Samba in 24 Hours
> Author: First Australian 5-day, intensive, hands-on Linux SysAdmin course

Greg Dickie
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