Where to for Samba4?

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at samba.org
Thu Sep 6 11:41:25 GMT 2007

On Thu, 2007-09-06 at 06:16 -0500, Matt Schwartz wrote:
> Andrew made an excellent argument against implementation of NetBIOS
> browsing.  I concur.  However, I always saw printing services and file
> sharing as a staple of Samba and there should be efforts to implement
> that in Samba4 sooner rather than later. 

File services in Samba4 are very good, and despite the low maintenance
over the many months since they were written, the test-suite shows that
it works.  (The contrast with SWAT testing is why I'm on such a
'war-path' against SWAT). 

>  My guess is it would lessen the reticense of some people to begin
> using it.  

I wish it were easy enough to go away and do.  I would love users to
flock to Samba4 because we match every Samba3 feature.  But we do hope
to cover most of the use cases, outside printing (until someone steps up
to do printing that is...).

In terms of printing, hopefully Samba3 will pick up on technologies like
LDB and PIDL to improve Samba3's printing support, and somehow we can
gain by that.  Otherwise, it's just too big a problem (ask Jerry some
day :-)

Andrew Bartlett
Andrew Bartlett
Authentication Developer, Samba Team           http://samba.org
Samba Developer, Red Hat Inc.
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