[Samba] Sernet 4.3.X package is no longer free :/

Nico Kadel-Garcia nkadel at gmail.com
Mon Sep 21 13:02:33 UTC 2015

On Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 2:24 AM, Daniel Müller <mueller at tropenklinik.de> wrote:
> Samba is open source  and free!  Any payment for samba will be a stop towards Microsoft Windows Server.

"Free as in speech" is not the same as "Free as in beer". The
difference pays a lot of my salary.

> If I have to pay for samba I will  buy MS.
> Greetings
> Daniel
> EDV Daniel Müller

Stay calm, please. Sernet publishes leading edge, tested builds for a
lot of different operating systems. That takes engineering time, and
resources to do the builds and testing on, and yes, they sell
subscriptions to their services.

If you want bleeding edge, repackage it yourself or use a stable
version from a standard operating system, such as RHEL or CentOS or
Scientific Linux or Debian or Ubuntu or Arch or Gentoo or wherever
someone competent has done the extra work. I've been backporting Samba
4.2 to RHEL 7 and RHEL 7, and publishing on github, so it's certainly
feasible. Heck, I've been doing this since.... oh, dear lord, it's
been roughly 20 years for various operating systems.

Mind you, it's been a pain in the neck lately. Unweaving the systemd
dependencies from Fedora releases to work with the older RHEL 6
operating system has been nasty, and RHEL's decision to use the
incompatible "Heimdal" library for Kerberos make it a lot more awkward
to compile with directory controller support, which is partly why I
maintain my build. But it's an ongoing hobby project for me, at

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