This news broke on Sept. 28, but I was so excited about October that I thought it would be cool to post it on October 1. OK, now that I’ve sufficiently covered my butt with an excuse, I give you the 3.2.0 preview release of Samba.
Cue the streamers:
Major enhancements in Samba 3.2.0 include:
- Use of IDL generated parsing layer for several DCE/RPC interfaces.
- Removal of the 1024 byte limit on pathnames and 256 byte limit on filename components to honor the MAX_PATH setting from the host OS.
- Introduction of a registry based configuration system.
- Improved CIFS Unix Extensions support.
- Experimental support for file serving clusters.
Winbind and Active Directory Integration:
- Full support for Windows 2003 cross-forest, transitive trusts and one-way domain trusts
- Support for userPrincipalName logons via pam_winbind and NSS lookups.
- Support in pam_winbind for logging on using the userPrincipalName.
- Expansion of nested domain groups via NSS calls.
- Support for Active Directory LDAP Signing policy.
Users & Groups:
- New ldb backend for local group mapping tables
- Raised level of security defaults for authentication operations.
Note that this is also the first time that Samba is being released under the GPLv3. The Samba Team adopted version 3.0 of the GNU General Public License for the 3.2 and later releases as of September.