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Andrew Bartlett on Samba, Microsoft, and Active Directory

Oct 23, 2008, 23:01 (9 Talkback[s])
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"In September 2007 Microsoft lost it's appeal of the 2004 anti-trust Decision by the European Commission. As as result, Microsoft was required to make protocol documentation available to competitors. The EU mandated a set of minimum terms (now known as the WSPP) that the Samba Team (and others) would be able to access the documentation under. By early 2008 the Free Software community gained access to this documentation under NDA, and by May 2008 Microsoft made all their protocol documentation public.

"Nobody in the Free Software community expected this - it is only natural to assume that a company as opposed to Free Software as Microsoft would put in the bare minimum of resources into assisting its competitors.

"Instead, I work regularly with a team of enthusiastic engineers who clearly want us to succeed, while the documentation isn't always complete, these engineers do everything they can to provide us with the information we need."

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