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The Register: Why Microsoft's EU 'Concession' is No Concession at All

Mar 20, 2002, 17:30 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Jeremy Allison for this link. ]

"Microsoft announced an "olive branch" to the EU last week, by offering to document the interfaces to its file and print server protocols. But the offer is less generous than it appears.

"Eurocrats may not be pleased to discover that these CIFS protocols - which are considered undocumentable by developers who work with them--were due to be published anyway, as part of a two-year project which involved Microsoft's co-operation.

"Microsoft's CIFS, or Common Internet File System, protocols are better known by their former name SMB. The CIFS moniker is misleading: it's not a file system, and it has little to do with the Internet. (SMB is a subset of CIFS). But it is the way that Microsoft has implemented file sharing and network printing since the OS/2 LAN Manager days..."

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