| -----Original Message-----
| From: midrange-l-admin@midrange.com
| [mailto:midrange-l-admin@midrange.com]On Behalf Of Simon Coulter
| Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2001 10:15 PM
| To: midrange-l@midrange.com
| Subject: Re: Samba (was: OS-X vs. Windows)
| Importance: High


| Perhaps an AS/400 port of Samba would be the go?  I know it would
| suffer in
| performance being implemented above the MI but surely it couldn't be any
| slower than NetServer itself?  And if it supported any SMB client
| then that
| may mitigate the performance aspect.  Who's interested?

Simon/anyone else?

Netserver appears to be (how you say?...) SHAMBOLIC!  Sounds like a tough
job, though, to reverse-engineer MicroScrew without docs...

I'm EXTREMELY interested...

However, I'm not at all sure I can contribute a whole lot...  Depends on a
lot of factors.  I can read MI but can't "speak" the language.  Probably
could debug some.  I could try to contribute in other ways, too.  Perhaps
docs or marketing.

Some other sticking points:

I would think a native Samba/400 would be better than an AIX port, but don't
know for sure...

Don't know that I'd do OSS...  But I will NOT work using the GPL.  From Gnu

"Thus, you should be free to redistribute copies, either with or without
modifications, either gratis or charging a fee for distribution, to anyone
anywhere. Being free to do these things means (among other things) that you
do not have to ask or pay for permission."

Great philosophy, coming from a guy whose salary (from my understanding) was
paid by MIT when he developed e-Macs...  Don't work so hot, in my situation.
IOW, if I work my butt off for months to develop a better mousetrap, by
definition of Gnu I MUST DONATE all my time and efforts to the community...
(I know..  I know..  I'm free to make ALL THE MONEY I want, as long as it's
from SECONDARY sources of income.  Just can't sell the software...
Hmmmm....  What if ALL I PRODUCE is source code?  What if I code full-time
and DON'T HAVE any secondary source of income to put some bread on the

As it happens, I'm studing other possible licenses to use.  Haven't studied
them enough.  Studied GPL in detail already.

If you're still interested, Simon (or anyone else), I'd need to know what
improvements could be made over the AIX version of Samba, and what timeframe
you're looking to start...

I'm not saying I'll only be able to help on something like this if there was
some money in it, but it'd sure help.  I can forward this, and the original
post to Jerry Sprout, but he's less likely to donate time than I am.  He's
got more work than he can handle, and it pays cash.


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