Future directions - !SMB1 by 2020 ?

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at samba.org
Thu Dec 13 00:46:36 UTC 2018

On Wed, 2018-12-12 at 13:59 -0800, Jeremy Allison via samba-technical
> So I've been thinking some long-term thoughts
> about the Samba project.
> I'd like to propose a radical idea.
> I'd like to remove the SMB1 and NetBIOS
> (nmbd etc.) code from Samba by the end of
> year 2020.

This would also kill the NT4 DC (still sadly in use by too many), as
well as NetBIOS browsing (also quite popular).  

> I'm guessing that will be a Samba version
> we can call Samba 5.x (if we haven't already
> moved before then).
> Of course I'll have to get off my ass and
> finish the SMB3+ UNIX extensions (ongoing)
> in order to match current Linux -> Samba
> functionality.

This is critical.  We can't really ask folks to put up with that
feature being lost, and we need time for that capability to flush
though the client and server ecosystem.  Can you remind us of the full
status here, in terms of our and other clients?

All that said, we have a small team and we need to focus on the future,
and not be spread over maintaining and providing security support for
everything we have ever done in the past.  It is a bit like Python2, we
need a clear discussion about how to leave things behind.  


Andrew Bartlett
Andrew Bartlett
Authentication Developer, Samba Team         https://samba.org
Samba Development and Support, Catalyst IT   

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