[Samba] CIFS & SMB Microsoft licenses

Sanjiv Bawa sbawa at tabmaster.com
Tue Apr 16 11:16:01 GMT 2002

This is the most ludicrous thing I have ever heard. How on earth are they
going to prove that someone ever read something that was publicly available.
Especially when SMB is such a widely understood protocol.

I don't think this is targeted towards samba per se, as much as microsofts
huge customers that bring them their bread and lard. Hey corporate CIO,
don't you dare or else....

Monopolies always attempt to maintain their monopolies. These guys are no
different than standard oil and ma bell. If anything they are much worse, in
that after losing 4 times, they still keep doing the same thing.

The only way to fight this is to deprive them of their client plaform.

So, support the following projects
Lindows www.lindows.com
WineHQ www.winhq.org
Star Office www.staroffice.org

and quit using Microsoft junk on your desktops. And start pushing
alternatives to your clients and organizations.


-----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 12:10 PM
To: Jeremy Allison
Cc: samba
Subject: Re: [Samba] CIFS & SMB Microsoft licenses

So, you mean that if you read, you are dead....
It sounds interesting. I have to read more carefully the licenses.



Jeremy Allison wrote:

> On Tue, Apr 16, 2002 at 04:49:29PM +0200, Davide Dozza wrote:
>>Hello guys,
>>does anyone knows the implications that the CIFS and SMB Microsoft
>>licenses may have on samba development ?
> We're consulting the legal staff at the FSF for a definitive
> answer on this. More when we have a US legal opinion.
> In the meantime, don't panic. We don't think we infringe
> their patent claims (but this is why we're getting a legal
> opinion - to make sure this is the case) and the license
> is for CIFS *documentation*, not any code at present.
> The opinion of someone who has seen this documentation
> (not me) is that there is nothing in it that Samba doesn't
> already implement. In fact it is a significant subset of
> the SNIA CIFS documentation which the Samba Team has
> helped prepare. This license seems to have been created (IMHO)
> to create fear uncertainty and doubt amongst Samba users
> and vendors using Samba - such as the comments that have
> been appearing on this list :-). It's a classic marketing
> tactic I believe.
> Jeremy.

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