Samba 4.0 beta2 in two weeks time, roadmap to release?

Stefan (metze) Metzmacher metze at
Wed Jun 6 05:11:34 MDT 2012

Hi Andrew,

> Would it be too soon to attempt another beta on 19 June?
> I'm hoping to capture NTDB at that point, and have most of the remaining
> config.h differences removed between waf and autoconf. 
> In the meantime, if you get anything major done, please update WHATSNEW
> From there, I would like to start a march towards an RC of Samba 4.0.  
> To start discussion:
> Beta 2 19 June
> Beta 3  3 July
> Beta 4 17 July (possible RC1 if we are confident)
> RC1    31 July
> If we are ready for Release Candidate by 17 July, then we make it an RC,
> but if we do one more beta, we should be filling (and emptying) the
> blocker bug with the reasons. 
> Why now?  In order to make a release 12 months after Samba 3.6 (9 Aug
> 2011), we need to make a release soon.  Our users are keen, both of the
> file server and AD side, and we have a great product.  We should give
> our users the chance to enjoy it in a stable release. 
> What do folks think?

I think doing beta releases every 2-3 weeks is good,
but I'm not sure I like that we start with rc1 in July.

I guess there are a lot of developers on vacation during July and August.

I hoped that we start with rc1 in September (maybe during SDC).
Then we would have enough time to finish some important SMB 2/3 features,
re-authentication, multi-credit and (simple) durable handle support.


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