"And then we have the forking of Samba. I've always argued that
Samba is the stealth fighter in the Linux arsenal. Because Samba
allows Windows users to print and serve files from a Linux box,
this makes Linux the perfect replacement for a Windows NT server on
a network (Windows NT is known for being particularly inefficient
when it comes to file and print services), and once Linux enters an
office or enterprise, it tends to expand in usage over time. Samba
is an essential tool for Linux viral marketing."
"So when a group of Samba developers last week announced that
they were embarking on the development of Samba-TNG , an ambitious
project designed to bring new functionality to Samba, the initial
response in the Linux community was horror at the possibility that
Samba would be forked beyond recognition."
"I think that this horror is truly misplaced. The Samba-TNG
development team freely admits that it doesn't expect to ever
release a freestanding version of Samba-TNG; instead, its work is
designed to be incorporated back into the main Samba tree.
Secondly, Jeremy Allison, a key member of the Samba team, went onto
Linux Today to endorse the Samba-TNG project, saying that he didn't
expect any issues to rise out of the Samba-TNG project."