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Giving Samba its due

Mar 22, 2010, 15:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)

"Recently I have covered Samba in numerous articles (for various sites) and have had to take advantage of it’s power for a few clients. During this time I realized that I don’t remember if I had ever actually given Samba (and the Samba development team) the praise they so deserve. So I thought I would finally take a moment to make sure everyone was aware of Samba and what exactly it means to Linux.

"I think I can say this pretty simply: If not for Samba, Linux wouldn’t be where it is today.

"How can I say that? How can I give so much credit for the rise of Linux to one application? How can I not? Samba is the bridge built to bring together all systems. Samba is the great unifier, the great pacifier, the “one”, the “way”. Or, to put it in plain terms, Samba is the tool that allows Linux, Windows, and Mac to communicate to one another. That’s why this tool belongs at the top of the heap of open source tools (licensed under the GPL). If it weren’t for Samba, Linux wouldn’t talk to Windows and Windows and Mac wouldn’t talk to Linux."

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