In one of the interviews I read with the Samba developers, that say that the Samba code is, in a word, nasty. This is not the Samba team's fault necessarily, but is rather a combination of reverse-engineering the Microsoft protocol and "kludges" to make it work bug-for-bug compatible. It seems to me that the Samba team and IBM are doing the same work twice. To my knowledge, the protocol is undocumented outside Microsoft. Not to slam the IBM developers in any way, but I'm amazed that IBM got SMB working on the AS/400 as quickly as it did. IIRC, the Samba team has been working on theirs since 93-94. If Samba works with OS/2, then I believe IBM should give serious thought to helping port Samba to the AS/400. Loyd -----Original Message----- From: Adam Lang [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2001 9:48 AM To: email@example.com Subject: Re: Samba (was: OS-X vs. Windows) That's the beauty of Open Source. Nothing is stopping you. And if a decent go is made of it, IBM may contribute and use it to replace Netserver and then you got them helping out the Samba crew also (or as it sounds, Samba helping them :P). The odd thing is, is that IBM hasn't looked at teh Samba code to see how they are handling the protocol and adapted their software accordingly. Adam Lang Systems Engineer Rutgers Casualty Insurance Company http://www.rutgersinsurance.com
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