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Microsoft to open Windows protocol documentation to Samba

A legal agreement has been reached with Microsoft in which the Redmond company will make available protocol documentation to open-source proponents. This will allow open-sourced projects such as Samba to fully interoperate with the various Windows server projects.

A legal agreement has been reached with Microsoft in which the Redmond company will make available protocol documentation to open-source proponents. This will allow open-sourced projects such as Samba to fully interoperate with the various Windows server projects.

Excerpt from Network World:

"We are getting the full protocol documentation for everything involved with creating a workgroup server," said Jeremy Allison, lead software developer at Samba, in an e-mail describing the legal licensing arrangement with Microsoft. The Samba open-source project provides freely available code used for interoperability between Linux/Unix servers and Windows-based clients.

On how not having the documentation hinders development:

[Not having access to the documentation] delays our implementation and makes us less of an effective competitor, as we have to work out everything via network analysis.

The deal between Microsoft and the open-source community is historic, but it must be noted that this move comes as a direct result of legal pressure from the European Commission. If you recall, it brought an antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft in March of 2004, and Microsoft lost the appeal just this past September.

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7 comments
j-mart
j-mart

An unusually cooperative move from Microsoft that will make real world networking easier.

jmgarvin
jmgarvin

Balmer is running MS into the ground and everybody is cheering how great he is. See the above post...

TechExec2
TechExec2

. I would be the first in line to give Microsoft credit if they were deserving. They are not in this case. Microsoft was compelled to do this by an EU court ruling from three (3) years ago. Since then they have refused to comply, have dragged their feet, and lost an appeal three months ago. They did not do this voluntarily. This is not some kind of change of heart for them. They are not being cooperative at all. They still want to eviscerate Linux. I think they settled here because they fear they are going to lose more if they don't settle. Countries and companies around the world are leaving Windows. It's a small percentage of total Windows users so far, but it has been measured to be in the millions. Mac OS X is really growing. That is easily documented. The MacBook notebooks are now selling at 15% market share in the United States. THAT is astonishing. Microsoft deserves no credit here at all. Sorry for being be so contradictory.

Absolutely
Absolutely

Oh, wait, you didn't say "breeding," thank goodness!!

Absolutely
Absolutely

Play nice, NOW, and lose all your business slowly, or keep trying to bully everybody, and lose your entire business NOW.

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