[Samba] CIFS & SMB Microsoft licenses

Javid Abdul-AJAVID1 AJAVID1 at motorola.com
Tue Apr 16 07:55:02 GMT 2002

I think Intel and Microsoft jointly developed SMB , i guess they still might
have patent on it
though microsoft changed SMB and called it CIFS.

-----Original Message-----
From: Sanjiv Bawa [mailto:sbawa at tabmaster.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2002 9:34 AM
To: Davide Dozza; Javid Abdul-AJAVID1
Cc: samba
Subject: RE: [Samba] CIFS & SMB Microsoft licenses

My understanding is that microsoft adoped SMB. Do they actually have a
patent on SMB? It can't possibly even be enforcable.


-----Original Message-----
From: samba-admin at lists.samba.org [mailto:samba-admin at lists.samba.org]On
Behalf Of Davide Dozza
Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2002 10:20 AM
To: Javid Abdul-AJAVID1
Cc: samba
Subject: Re: [Samba] CIFS & SMB Microsoft licenses

Uhm... I have guessed so.... It seems that Microsoft will release the
use of its patents about SMB and CIFS protocols only to companies that
won't use GPL/LGPL licenses to interoperate with Win2000 and WinXP.
I hope, I'm wrong.....


Javid Abdul-AJAVID1 wrote:

> Thanks for the article
> I was just wondering what this means to Samba
> "The Microsoft license specifically excludes software under the General
> Public License, commonly known as the GPL. The GPL is the software license
> used by Linux and by SAMBA, a popular open-source program that allows
> non-Microsoft systems to share files and printers with Windows."
> Does this mean samba is banned from interoperating with future windows
> products???
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Davide Dozza [mailto:davide.dozza at yacme.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2002 9:49 AM
> To: samba
> Subject: [Samba] CIFS & SMB Microsoft licenses
> Hello guys,
> does anyone knows the implications that the CIFS and SMB Microsoft
> licenses may have on samba development ?
> http://news.com.com/2010-1075-882846.html
> Davide

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