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Caldera Sponsors Samba Client Library Development

Dec 19, 2000, 22:07 (0 Talkback[s])

Caldera today announced that they have contracted with Richard Sharpeof the Samba team to create a client library that will make Linux and Microsoft integration easier for developers. The Caldera-funded project includes the development of library source code, associated reorganization and reuse of Samba code and documentation of the library application program interface (API). As part of the Samba project, the library and documentation will be available under the GPL. Caldera's engineering group will work with the Samba team to complete the project by February 2001.

"Richard Sharpe is perfectly suited for this project," said John Terpstra, vice president of technology and Open Source strategist for Caldera Systems, Inc. "We believe this library built with Samba code will become the standard for developers writing software that integrates with Microsoft networks."

"The benefit of this announcement to businesses and developers can be summarized in one word - choice," said Bill Claybrook, research director for Linux and Open Source software at the Aberdeen Group. "A library that makes Linux and Windows integration possible will encourage more developers to choose Linux application and tool development. The end result for businesses is the choice to consider the best applications and tools from either platform."

Developers interested in more technical detail on the project can visit the Samba Web page at http://www.samba.org

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