Microsoft prohibits GPLed work via licensing of CIFS standards

MJ Ray markj at
Sat Apr 6 23:30:35 UTC 2002

Luciano Miguel Ferreira Rocha:
> > Will they still, if we have a better alternative?
> Most use samba because it's the best alternative for CIFS servicing, not
> because CIFS is the best remote filesystem.

Indeed.  Samba has one feature that I can't replicate in another system
except right now: passworded mounting of a remote file store as the current

> > Surely Samba is normally used during migration.
> I don't think so. Some substitute win32 servers for free unix servers, but
> remain with win32 clients [...]

This is just a step along the migration pathway.

> Availability of more secure remote mounts [...]


> [...] trying to fight Microsoft then have to provide both server and
> clients with support for the same services.

I think that is the situation anyway.

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