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Samba 3.6 Out

The widgetry includes the first Samba implementation of Microsoft's new SMB2 file-serving protocol

The Samba Team has released Samba 3.6, a major new release of the Free Software file, print and authentication server suite for Microsoft Windows clients.

The widgetry includes the first Samba implementation of Microsoft's new SMB2 file-serving protocol. Samba's new SMB2 server has been tested by major vendors and has reportedly been able to double the performance of some network applications when run in conjunction with Windows 7 clients.

Samba has also completely rewritten its print subsystem. Samba 3.6 is the first "on the wire"-compatible version of Microsoft's SPOOLSS printing subsystem, and is the basis for ongoing work to create an implementation of Windows printing separate from the Samba file server.

Samba 3.6 simplifies the complex field of mapping Linux and Unix identities to Windows users and groups. It contains a new implementation of the identity mapping code that will automatically allocate Linux and Unix identities when Windows clients connect to a Samba server, even in a clustered file-serving configuration.

It also includes a modular Virtual File System (VFS) interface that vendors can use to customize Samba to take advantage of specific features of their underlying technology without having to modify any of the core Samba code. Example modules are provided as source code for vendors to customize as they wish.

Samba 3.6 source code is at www.samba.org.

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