Enterprise Linux Log

Sep 5 2007   3:22PM GMT

Samba 4.0.0 alpha1 available for download

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If I had a klaxon I’d be sounding it right now, because there’s some Samba 4 news to bring to you this afternoon. No, not Samba 3 — 4.0! It’s a rare treat, and one that we haven;t had the pleaause of digesting for quite a while now.

Via the Samba News page: 

Samba 4 is the ambitious next version of the Samba suite that is being developed in parallel to the stable 3.0 series. The main emphasis in this branch is support for the Active Directory logon protocols used by Windows 2000 and above.

Samba 4 is currently not yet in a state where it is usable in production environments. Note the WARNINGS in WHATSNEW.txt in the source and the STATUS file which aims to document what should and should not work.

Samba4 alpha1 is the culmination of 4.5 years of development under our belt since Tridge first proposed a new Virtual File System (VFS) layer for Samba3 (a project which eventually lead to our Active Directory efforts), and 1.5 years since we first released a Technology Preview. We wish to allow users, managers and developers to see how we have progressed, and to invite feedback and support.

This release has been signed using GPG with Andrew Barlett’s GPG key (28B436BB). The source code can be downloaded now.

Remember, there are two distinct development efforts going on at Samba right now. This is a different beast from the 3.0 release, and should be treated as such!

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