Samba 3.2 futures?

Gerald (Jerry) Carter jerry at
Fri Jan 14 19:23:23 GMT 2005

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Andrew Bartlett wrote:
| Given the recent activity regarding privileges, I
| thought it might be worthwhile finding out what
| was the future of Samba 3.2.

I waited to respond on this until I got through with
some recent changes and got my feet back under me.

| There seems to be no sign of continuing development on
| trunk - all the 'cool' stuff is happening in Samba4, and
| Samba 3.0 is the focus of 'keep the ship togeather' kind of
| work.  This seems to leave Samba 3.1 out in the cold,
| particularly after it lost it's role as landing-zone for
| Samba4 backports, and where aside from the privileges
| work, there has been little demand for the features
| contained therein.  They are useful features, but perhaps
| not things people know about, or think they need.

I think from my perspective, the intent of Samba 3.1/3.2
is still alive.  There are no backports of Samba 4 code
currently, but you better bet I'll scrounge it for protocol
details. :-)

I think the term 'cool' is much like beauty.  it is in the
eye of the beholder.  I'm finally not ashamed to admit that
I like Samba 3 (with all of its baggage and quirks).  It's
kind of like and old friend at this point.

Therefore, I'll be continuing to develop Samba 3 exclusively
as long as it is needed.  This includes bug fixes and new
features.  I've just finished sync'd up trunk with 3.0.  The
3 majors things left in trunk are

(a) volker's winbind changes
(b) mimir's domain trust account pdb work
(c) idra's LDAP configuration experiment

There is some code in rpc_server/srv_samr_nt.c that I
haven't been able to determine whether or not it is newer
that 3.0 or just mis-merges from the stable branch.

I think the lack of demand is due to a lack of response on
our part (or my part...however one would like to phrase it).
Every so often one must step back and ask how things can
be improved (in many different aspects).

So the bottom line is that Samba 3.x will continue on its own
as an independent branch with the Samba SVN repository.
Until it has surrendered all of its production market share
to Samba 4.

cheers, jerry
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