OT: Re: [Samba] Researching possible windows solutions...

Aaron Kincer kincera at gmail.com
Wed Oct 4 17:02:05 GMT 2006

This could go way of topic quick. I'll simply say that in my 
professional opinion that if Samba 4 can get to a stable and usable 
version prior to Vista SP1, Samba will not just make an inroad to 
enterprises, but pave a 10 lane interstate. If it makes it before Vista 
gets out the door altogether, I can't fathom the potential impact as 
there are pet projects in data centers all over the place with Samba as 
it is now (based on anecdotal and non-scientific experience).

Rashkae wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 04, 2006 at 12:12:46PM -0400, Aaron Kincer wrote:
>> The EULA for XP Home explicitly states a maximum of five (5) users to 
>> connect for file/print sharing services. XP Professional is ten (10). 
>> This is software independent. Installing a Windows version of Samba (if 
>> one exists now or in the future) would not provide you a legal way 
>> around this limit even if it does provide a technical one.
>> Bottom line is that legal validity notwithstanding, you can't use Samba 
>> as a bypass for these limits.
> I find it deliciously ironic that Windows Networking got a huge head start by bypassing Novell Client Access limiations. (ie, a single Windows Server would connect to the Novell Server, and re-share the data to all the clients on the network.  MS was boldly advertising this tactict.)  I wonder if there's traction to do the same thing with Samba :)

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