[Proposal] Samba 3.2.0 to replace 3.0.22

Gerald (Jerry) Carter jerry at samba.org
Thu Jan 5 15:20:29 GMT 2006

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* jerry steps up to the mic
* tap, tap, tap
* "Is this thing on?"

I've been talking to Jeremy, Guenther, Volker, and some others
about the upcoming changes currently in trunk.  It seems that
the patch pressure is getting quite high for the SAMBA_3_0 tree.
If you haven't followed some of the discussion, here's some of
the relevant threads:

* [PATCH] kerberize pam_winbindd (work in progress)

* "algorithmic rid base" bogus?

* usershare acl parser?

* [PATCH] Autogenerated DFS parser

So the is major work in offline winbindd support, removing legacy
rid algorithm support, non-root user creation of shares for desktop
applications like KDE & Gnome, & backporting Samba 4's IDL upport.

None of this is designed to compete or impeed Samba 4's development.
In many ways it moves us closer to Samba 4's view of the future and
is the product of continued, active development on Samba 3.0.x.
However, these changes are really too sweeping to place in a 3.0.22
or even a 3.0.30 release for that matter.

So the proposal on the table is to move to SAMBA_3_2.  I realize
the implications of this wrt to documentation, distributions,
and developer resources.  We would be looking at a turn around time
of a few months.  Hopefully by Samba XP, April 24, if not sooner.
I propose skipping any 3.1.x releases in spite of past discussions
due to the expected turnaround time and start with the 3.2.0preX
releases as soon as the SAMBA_3_2 branch is feature complete.

And we will continue with any necessary bug fix or security
releases for 3.0.x.  Bug fix releases being the 'letter' releases
(3.0.21b, etc, ...) and security fixes eating a minor version
number as usual.

* jerry opens the floor for discussion

cheers, jerry
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