Microsoft prohibits GPLed work via licensing of CIFS standards

Jeroen Dekkers jeroen at
Sat Apr 6 23:46:50 UTC 2002

On Sat, Apr 06, 2002 at 10:51:09PM +0000, MJ Ray wrote:
> Martin Keegan <martin at> wrote:
> > This action is an attempt to hurt Samba. Samba is critical to the
> > wider acceptance of free software.
> It need not be, although it currently is.  Samba is just an implementation
> of someone else's interfaces, which is not normally a good way to succeed. 
> You're always going to be behind and they have the upper hand.  Why help
> them to continue their misrule?
> What we need is a reliable read-write user-driven mount over an encrypted
> connection.  For Linux, AVFS looks like the best potential solution at
> present, so if you want to help there, find how to fix their ssh module (or
> document it better so that I can figure it out) so as to talk to my
> ssh-agent (probably echoing the details into a ssh_ctl or similar), if it's
> possible.  For now, I have AVFS doing ftp mounts and the like.
> I expect this sort of thing is simple for hurd ;-)

From what I know of AVFS, it's just one big joke. You can do that
already with the Hurd and in way which is much better IMHO. I expect
to see such things you are describing being implemented up when the
Hurd matures a bit. Our primary focus is stability at the moment.

Jeroen Dekkers
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