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The Register: SAMBA team plots 'killer appliance'

Jun 05, 2000, 11:07 (6 Talkback[s])
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"The SAMBA team is working on code that will lead to "killer appliances" according to author Jeremy Allison. At the very least, it could offer an opportunity to reduce the need for many of the NT servers that are deployed today."

"Winbind hooks into the authentication mechanism used by Linux and most commercial Unixes, and replicates user and group information that's stored on a Windows NT/2000 server. It offers a single sign-on to Windows user information and works transparently with existing Unix software. Currently, sites using the open source SAMBA replacement for Windows file-and-print services must keep the Windows user database and the SAMBA server's user information in sync, a pretty tedious job."

"The code is slated for release later this year, but The Register has had a sneak preview. Although the code is still in a pretty rough state, it worked seamlessly with existing Linux software. For example, once logged in using Winbind, group information was visible in KDE's file properties box as well as ls and other command line programs."

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