Glossy press release for Samba 1.9.18.
jallison at whistle.com
Wed Jan 7 21:17:23 GMT 1998
For those who might require more polished release notes, here's
the text of the press release I sent out to the magazines :-).
Samba Team Announces Samba 1.9.18
Canberra, Australia, January 1998 - The Samba Team is pleased to
announce version 1.9.18 of Samba, the leading file and print server
suite for corporate network integration with Microsoft Windows (tm)
Speed and Internationalization Improvements.
With this release, Samba becomes one of the fastest available SMB/CIFS
file servers, out-performing many commercial alternatives. Samba now
implements the opportunistic locking features of the SMB/CIFS protocol.
This can improve file access performance by an order of magnitude over
previous versions. Samba has been internally benchmarked as faster than
commercially available SMB servers on the same hardware platforms.
Samba now provides for dynamic code page support, allowing easy roll-out
of servers within an international organization. Samba now allows
administrators to configure the way clients view internationalized
on a server-by-server basis.
Servers with multiple network interfaces are now fully supported by
in the same way as Microsoft Windows NT (tm) servers, allowing network
administrators to easily load-balance client accesses over all available
Samba also provides automatic downloading of printer drivers for
Windows 95 (tm) clients, allowing it to completely replace Microsoft
NT servers for both file and printer services.
Samba has no client license fees, and may be used without cost on any
compatible server operating system (most versions of UNIX).
Samba is the clear choice for robust, scalable, file and print services
for Microsoft Windows clients and is used by thousands of corporations
worldwide, as a mission-critical part of their networking
For a list of the companies that use Samba, open your browser on the
To purchase commercial support for Samba, open your browser on the URL:
About the Samba File and Print Server program.
Designed to service any Server Message Block (SMB) file sharing client,
Samba is compatible with all Microsoft 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 also functions as a logon server for Windows 95 and supports
profiles. Samba can provide support for over 2,000 clients
per samba server and many Samba servers of this scale can work together.
Samba is distinguished by its scalability, speed and flexibility. It is
freely distributed with source code, and has high-quality support.
Over a hundred 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.
Samba is developed by a team of international developers, in the same
manner as the Linux operating system, and is shipped as standard with
most versions of Linux.
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.
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 runs on UNIX (tm) and near clones from over 30 vendors, besides
IBM 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
with SMB network file systems by default. Windows 3.1, DOS, AIX and
have equivalent add-ons. Different SMB clients have different extensions
different bugs. Samba goes to great lengths to accommodate all clients
are in use.
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 should not 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 :
Aquasoft Pty Ltd. : http://www.aquasoft.com.au
Digital Equipment Corp. : http://www.digital.com
NEC Technologies (UK) : http://www.nec.com
Red Hat Software. : http://www.redhat.com
Silicon Graphics, Inc. : http://www.sgi.com
Sun Microsystems, Inc. : http://www.sun.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 :
Jeremy Allison - Whistle Communications
Paul Ashton -
Paul Blackman - University of Canberra
John Blair - University of Alabama
Dave Fenwick - Asset Software
Chris Hertel - University of Minnisota
Simon Hyde -
Peter Kelly - ETS
Luke Leighton - Creative Programmer, Developer and Consultant
Eckert Meyer - Technical University of Braunschweig
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 the Samba Team, 1992-1997
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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