"Samba3 can participate in a Microsoft Active Directory
domain. Samba4 is a complete re-write of the old Samba code with
the ambitious goal to be able to become an Active Directory Domain
Controller. Recently Andrew Tridgell , leader of the Samba Team,
had this message for the firstname.lastname@example.org
Samba4 reached an important milestone tonight, as I installed it
for my wife to use as her file server for all of her important
documents, email, the book she is working on etc.
Those of you who have been around Samba development for a while
will know that my wife tends to be the first test user of major new
versions of Samba, and she volunteered again this time. Susan
played a large part in the original motivation to develop Samba
more than 12 years ago, so she knows how useful it is to have a
local test user.
Reaching this stage does not mean that you should now go and
install Samba4 on your production servers. Only a very keen
(foolish?) person would do that. The code is quite incomplete, and
is missing major features such as no netbios name server, no
winbind, no admin tools, and very little documentation. So unless
you are a keen C programmer then stay well clear for the
What this milestone means is that the code is now fairly robust,
and that major applications (Eudora, OpenOffics.org, MS Word,
Firefox etc) all work well and that I am quite confident of not
losing data. Of course, I also have a very strict automated backup
regime setup for my wife, so if I'm wrong about the robustness we
can recover without me having to cook dinner for a week as
The code isn't available as a "alpha" quality release yet, as
there are just too many missing features, although I do plan on
doing a "snapshot" release shortly (maybe within a week?).
So far the only problem on my wifes machine is that Eudora
startup is a bit slow. That is caused by Norton Anti-Virus on her
WinXP box scanning all the dlls and the exe, along with the fact
that Samba4 does not yet have oplocks, so the client cannot cache
the files for fast re-scanning. With norton disabled startup is
If you want to get involved in Samba4 development then see
checkout the code, and start reading. Having at look at the
(incomplete) prog_guide.txt is a good idea.
If you just want to see some slides on the design of Samba4,
then there are some links to various talks I've given on my
homepage at http://samba.org/~tridge/
I'd like to thank everyone who has worked so hard over the last
couple of years to get us this far. It's been a long haul, but the
results are well worth it. Samba4 is a great basis for future Samba
In particular I'd like to thank the members of the Samba Team
who have put so much into the development of Samba4. It's been a
great team effort, and a lot of fun.
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