Samba Team Announces Samba 1.9.17
jallison at whistle.com
Tue Aug 26 23:45:10 GMT 1997
Samba Team Announces Samba 1.9.17
Greater speed and scalability for corporate networks with
Canberra, Australia, August 26 1997 - The Samba Team is pleased to
announce version 1.9.17 of Samba, the leading suite of corporate network
integration tools. Designed to service any Server Message Block (SMB)
client, Samba is compatible with all Microsoft (tm) Networking clients
including Windows 95 (tm), Windows NT (tm) Workstation and Server,
Windows for Workgroups (tm), IBM OS/2 (tm), smbfs for Linux and
Thursby Software Systems DAVE (tm) Macintosh SMB client.
Samba is distinguished by its scalability, speed and flexibility. It is
freely distributed with source code, and has high-quality support.
Over ninety specialist support companies worldwide offer commercial
support for Samba, which is also supported by copious Internet
resources and a mailing list with ten thousand subscribers.
Sites with Microsoft Windows NT or Windows 95 clients benefit
particularly from this new release. Samba now functions as a logon
for Windows 95 and supports roving profiles. Already a favorite with
administrators because of its flexible and dynamic configuration
version 1.9.17 of Samba has even more reasons for being used to serve
and printers to Microsoft clients.
Samba has an assured future. With many hundreds of thousands of
installed systems around the world, Samba is making it possible for many
kinds of systems to share files that have been incompatible until now.
The Samba Team has been consulting widely with large (and small) users
of the product about future directions for Samba and will be
publishing a road-map with the next major release. Anyone wishing to
input should send a message to the mailing list
samba-plans at samba.anu.edu.au.
Besides this, the next release will focus on better integration of
non-UNIX ports, further performance improvements and scalability to
hundreds of thousands of machines in an SMB network.
Also in release 1.9.17 of Samba:
Samba implements the Common Internet Filesystem protocol, the Internet
Engineering Task Force draft protocol for extending SMB to the Internet.
Samba keeps pace with CIFS developments. See
Samba now passes the most rigorous Ziff-Davis NetBench test suite with
flying colors. Performance is not lost when more users are added, up to
the limits of the host operating system. When used with technologies
such 64-bit operating systems (such as some versions of UNIX, MVS or
VMS), many CPUs and Gibabit ethernet, pre-release versions of Samba
1.9.17 have been running for some months at several large sites
supporting tens of thousands of users.
Samba runs on UNIX (tm) and near clones from over 30 vendors, besides
MVS (tm), Digital Equipment VMS (tm), Stratos VOS (tm), all versions of
IBM OS/2 Warp (tm), Novell Netware (tm), Amiga OS (tm) and others.
Most corporate data servers are supported, besides countless small
networks running less powerful operating systems.
Windows NT, Windows 95, Linux, OS/2 Warp, Windows for Workgroups come
SMB network file systems by default. Windows 3.1, DOS, AIX and others
equivalent add-ons. Different SMB clients have different extensions and
different bugs. Samba goes to great lengths to accommodate clients that
are in use, and is now more compatible with more types of clients than
any other SMB server.
Release 1.9.17 provides support for over 2,000 clients simultaneously
per samba server. Many Samba servers of this scale can work together.
Some sites have shown that a user database of 100 000 users shared
between 20 servers works. We do not know what the upper limit is,
although we plan to find out. The Samba Team has been focusing on
providing reliable wide-area operation, and acknowledges the support of
major UNIX system vendors who have helped in testing on large WANs.
This release improves Samba maintenance of browse lists (the Network
Neighborhood), especially across large multi-segmented networks. Samba
provide a picture of what machines are available on even very large
networks, beyond the scope of any other SMB product.
More Information and Downloading
For more information on Samba see
Demand for Samba is very high. For a faster download and to minimize
Internet traffic over the period following this release, please use a
Samba mirror site. The list of mirror sites is contained in
The official master ftp location is
Some of the products mentioned in this document are registered
trademarks of other companies. The samba-bugs at samba.anu.edu.au address
referred to in this release is *not* to be used for general enquiries or
support requests. See the web pages for information about the general
Samba mailing list and a listing of commercial support providers.
This release of Samba was made possible with the generous help of the
following companies (in alphabetical order):
Aquasoft Pty Ltd. : http://www.aquasoft.com.au
Red Hat Software. : http://www.redhat.com
Silicon Graphics, Inc. : http://www.sgi.com.
Whistle Communications : http://www.whistle.com
Please note that this does not imply endorsement of Samba by the above
Samba Team members
The Samba Team are (in alphabetical order) :
Jeremy Allison - Whistle Communications
Paul Blackman - University of Canberra
Dave Fenwick - Asset Software
Chris Hertel - University of Minnisota
Peter Kelly - ETS
Luke Leighton - Pires
Richard Sharpe - NS Computer Software
Dan Shearer - University of South Australia
John Terpstra - Aquasoft Pty Ltd.
Andrew Tridgell - Australian National University
Volker Lendeke - Service Network, GmbH.
Unrestricted reproduction rights of this press release are granted, so
long as it remains clear that:
i) Samba is copyright by Andrew Tridgell and the Samba Team,
ii) Samba is made available freely under the widely-used
GNU public license. A copy of this is at
This license encourages commercial use and modification. The
only restriction is that all source code incorporating Samba
must always be freely available
iii) The contact for all issues related to intellectual
property rights for Samba is samba-bugs at samba.anu.edu.au
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