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Samba: Less Important Because Windows Is Less Important

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 10, 2013 @04:45PM (#42550715)

    I had it in my career too. Back in the mid-90s, Linux was used sparingly in certain industries and Windows dominated the workplace. To survive, Linux systems did almost always have to play ball.

    That balance *has* changed, but not quite that much, though perception of what is going on is very very contingent on career path. About 2003 or so, I was going from place to place with significant Linux footprint, but unavoidable Windows instances. As my experience progressed, opportunities that I pursued afforded me the chance to gravitate to nearly Linux exclusive businesses and organizations. If you are a top notch Linux developer, your reality will change so that Windows will not be a large role.

    In relatively recent history, my career has had me participate in more wider sampling of companies with significantly complex IT organizations, despite my recent Linux-exclusive career. I realized that while *my* world had changed, the business world at large was still where it was about 7 years ago with respect to Windows footprint.

    Particularly someone as renouned as Allison is likely to have his world changed for more than typical...

  • Re:First posting? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Charliemopps (1157495) on Thursday January 10, 2013 @04:53PM (#42550801)

    You say this while I've got a power point presentation open about our new "lets put everyone on Virtual machines and have them remote in via linux terminals!" Something I never thought I'd see. It's not going to happen tomorrow but we're never going to Windows 8 or above. That's relatively clear. Microsoft nailed their own coffin shut.

  • Re:First posting? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by ArsonSmith (13997) on Thursday January 10, 2013 @05:03PM (#42550903) Journal

    Strange, nearly 20 years and 10 companies as a Linux admin and Samba has always been a slight afterthought, rarely used. I always figured if it wasn't for exchange windows wouldn't even exist in the corporate world any more.

  • by Jeremy Allison - Sam (8157) on Friday January 11, 2013 @01:26AM (#42554971) Homepage

    They're not going to do that. The director of Windows server development at Microsoft even gave us a quote for the Samba 4 press release. []

    For the tl;dr crowd:

    "Active Directory is a mainstay of enterprise IT environments, and Microsoft is committed to support for interoperability across platforms," said Thomas Pfenning, director of development, Windows Server. "We are pleased that the documentation and interoperability labs that Microsoft has provided have been key in the development of the Samba 4.0 Active Directory functionality."

    Thanks a *lot* Thomas !

  • by hirschma (187820) on Friday January 11, 2013 @01:43PM (#42559573)


    Since you're hanging about, let me take the opportunity to say thanks for making such a vital, useful and wonderful piece of software - and thanks to the rest of the Samba team, too.

    I've used it at work over the decades, I use it at home even now. It's made my life better. That is not at all hyperbole.

    I know that this is Slashdot, but it wouldn't hurt to say thanks, right?


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