CW360.com: Can Microsoft Patents Stop Open Source File-Sharing?
Jun 24, 2002, 19:00 (18 Talkback[s])
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"The Common Internet File System (CIFS) protocol, formerly known
as Server Message Block (SMB) is the core protocol that the open
source Samba tool uses to provide file-sharing with Microsoft
"Microsoft owns two patents for the CIFS protocol and grants
permission to use and exercise these patents in open source
software. However, the licensing explicitly excludes any software
licensed under the General Public Licence as used by Samba. Giga
believes Microsoft is attempting to use legal means to stem the
growing adoption of Samba..."
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