To release Samba 4.0 'as is'

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at
Wed Nov 23 00:30:07 MST 2011

On Wed, 2011-11-23 at 08:47 +0200, Alexander Bokovoy wrote:
> Hi Tridge,
> On Wed, Nov 23, 2011 at 05:32, Andrew Tridgell <tridge at> wrote:
> >> Rightly or wrongly Samba4 is seen as the replacement
> >> for Samba3. If you ship what you have now you put the
> >> Team members who support OEM fileservers in an incredibly
> >> difficult position w.r.t. marketing and communications
> >> with our customers, not to mention the Linux distros.
> >
> > no, their existing setups just keep working. It is only if they decide
> > to setup an AD DC that things change.
> And that's what OEM people would do -- provide AD DC together with a
> fileserver on a single server -- which is causing issues here.
> Can we have a reasonable strategy for the case considering this single
> server setup?

The strategy here is to complete the task.  I've personally advocated
this to every Samba-based NAS vendor I have met, and remain committed to
this goal.  

I'm just suggesting that we also release a 4.0 before we get to that
point, and then release Samba 4.1 when we are happy with the cut-over to
the smbd-based file server (probably with other features and backed by
the experience of the Samba 4.0 users). 

We have much to be proud of in Samba 4.0.  The OEMs you speak of will
get the integrated AD DC if they want it, and will get it no faster or
slower than would otherwise be the case.  In the meantime, some of our
other users will also get a Samba AD DC release. 

Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett                      
Authentication Developer, Samba Team 

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