samba netbios / namedpipes domination: a comparison with linu x having a proprietary web server built-in

David Brodbeck DavidB at
Tue Jan 8 12:46:02 GMT 2002

While I understand that you feel Samba could be rewritten to make extensions
easier (hardly a point I'd argue against), aren't you overstating your case
a little?  You make it sound like they're in league with Microsoft in an
effort to undermine open-source development, or something.  No one is
stopping anyone from forking off a seperate version if they think they can
do better.

I'm sure you realize that while you may see Samba as an Important Political
Weapon against the Great Satan Of Redmond, to many (probably most!) people
it's simply a useful software package for getting work done.

-----Original Message-----
From: Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton [mailto:lkcl at]
Sent: Tuesday, January 08, 2002 4:16 PM
To: tng-technical at; samba-technical at
Subject: Re: samba netbios / namedpipes domination: a comparison with
linux having a proprietary web server built-in

- samba implements the protocols and services in such a
way as to exclude any possibility of anyone else from
implementing their own subset of such protocols and or
services, reducing consumer choice [in the same way that
microsoft has], reducing developer options [in a way that
microsoft has not!!!]

so, to answer your question, it is the responsibility of
the samba team, as maintainers and self-styled controllers of
samba's development, to address these issues in a way that does
not place massive burdens on developers and totally unnecesarry
restrictions on ignorant users.

these are the issues that the samba team faces, as maintainers of
the only viable alternative to windows nt.

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