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CNet.com: New Samba improves Windows mimicry

Apr 20, 2001, 08:30 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"A Microsoft spokesman acknowledged that Samba provides pricing advantages over the company's software but dismissed Samba as inadequate overall."

"'Even though Samba aims to lower users' costs, it lacks the integration and management features that help customers lower total cost of ownership,' said Steven Adler, a product manager for Microsoft.Net server marketing. Microsoft client access license fees are 'negligible' compared with the overall cost of installing and managing computing equipment, he argued, and large customers get high-volume licensing deals, 'negating' any of Samba's cost savings."

"Adler said Samba has inferior support for Microsoft authentication and file system standards and doesn't support encrypted file systems at all."

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