Added note about the support end of Samba 3 to WHATSNEW.TXT

Sonic sonicsmith at
Thu Nov 6 14:19:26 MST 2014

There's still the heimdal/mit kerberos issue that prevents samba-4
installs on some distros. For example, on my Gentoo install, since I
need mit krb5 on my system I cannot install samba-4 as it requires
heimdal and the two cannot be installed at the same time. It's crazy
that this issue has gone on so long.

On Thu, Nov 6, 2014 at 3:56 PM, Jeremy Allison <jra at> wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 06, 2014 at 08:50:55PM +0100, Marc Muehlfeld wrote:
>> +
>> +=================================================
>> +
>> +With the final release of Samba 4.2, the last series of Samba 3 has
>> +become discontinued! People still running 3.6 or a previous version,
>> +should consider moving to a more recent and maintained version
>> +(4.0 - 4.2). But one of the common misconceptions is, that Samba 4.x
>> +automatically means "Active Directory only": This is wrong!
>> +
>> +Acting as an Active Directory Domain Controller is one of the enhancements,
>> +included in Samba 4.0 and later. But 4.0 was just the next release
>> +after the 3.6 series and contained all features of the previous ones -
>> +including the NT4-style (classic) domain support. This means you can
>> +update a Samba 3.x NT4-style PDC to 4.x, like you've updated in the
>> +past (e. g. from 3.4.x to 3.5.x). You won't have to move your NT4-style
>> +domain to an Active Directory!
>> +And of course the possibility remains unchanged, to setup a new NT4-style
>> +PDC with Samba 4.x, like done in the past (e. g. with openLDAP backend).
> The above isn't good English. I'd recommend rewording to:
> "The code suppoting NT4-style PDC's remains unchanged in Samba 4.x,
> so you are still able to setup a new NT4-style PDC, exactly
> the way it was done in Samba 3.6 or earlier versions (e. g. with
> a shared openLDAP backend)."

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