Announcing Samba 4.0.0TP2

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at
Mon Oct 16 14:01:56 GMT 2006

We have just uploaded the third technology preview of Samba 4.

Samba 4 is an ambitious development effort of the Samba project, being
developed in parallel to the stable 3.0 series. The main emphasis in
this branch is support for the Active Directory logon protocols used
by Windows 2000 and above.

Samba 4 is currently not yet in a state where it is usable in
production environments. Note the STATUS file, which aims to document
what should and should not work.

With 3 years of development under our belt since Tridge first proposed a
new Virtual File System (VFS) layer for Samba3 (a project which
eventually lead to our Active Directory efforts), it was felt that we
should create something we could 'show off' to our users.  This is third
Technology Preview (TP), aimed at allowing users, managers and
developers to see how we have progressed, and to invite feedback and

Please read the file NEWS for a list of differences with the Samba 3.0
release series and the file WHATSNEW.txt for a list of changes since the
last technology preview.

In particular, this release has a strong focus on portability and
infrastructure.  The aim is to give Samba4 a solid foundation on which
we can again move to create more visible features.  That said, two
particular technologies included in this release are the LDAP backend,
and the experimental SMB2 server.

Download Details

The uncompressed tarball and patch files have been signed
with the my GPG Key (ID 28B436BB).  The source code can be
downloaded from:

The release notes are available online at:

There are currently no binary packages available. Debian packages will 
be uploaded to the experimental distribution in the near future. No
packages for other distributions have been planned yet.

Users are encouraged to report the issues they encounter. See the 
README file for details.

        The Samba Team.
Andrew Bartlett                      
Authentication Developer, Samba Team 
Samba Developer, Red Hat Inc.        
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