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LinuxPlanet: Editor's Note: Stick a Fork in It?

Oct 16, 2000, 11:50 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Reichard)

"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."

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