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