Future directions - !SMB1 by 2020 ?

Rowland Penny rpenny at samba.org
Thu Dec 13 10:06:47 UTC 2018

On Thu, 13 Dec 2018 13:46:36 +1300
Andrew Bartlett via samba-technical <samba-technical at lists.samba.org>

> On Wed, 2018-12-12 at 13:59 -0800, Jeremy Allison via samba-technical
> wrote:
> > 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

Good, They need to go away, perhaps it might help if we deprecated them
from the next release.

> well as NetBIOS browsing (also quite popular).  

Users will get used to no network browsing, in fact they may have to,
Microsoft seems to be going out of their way to stop it.


> > 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.  
> Thanks,
> Andrew Bartlett

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