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TechWeb: Samba Team Wins Torvalds Award

Jan 31, 2001, 20:27 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Barbara Darrow)

"The annual $25,000 IDG/Linus Torvalds Community Award went to The Samba Team, a band of open source developers dedicated to making Linux interoperate with Microsoft Corp. file systems, said Linux guru Linus Torvalds."

"Like many open source efforts, this one started out years ago as "a bit of a hack," according to Samba team member Andrew Tridgell, senior open source researcher for Linuxcare, Canberra, Australia...."

"A lot of system administrators used to smuggle Samba into their NT environments, and the only comment they got [from users] was that the file server didn't crash anymore," he said."

"Like many devout open sourcers, Tridgell hopes the need for Samba software will dissolve as Linux takes hold of more corporate desktops."

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