[ubuntu-uk] Strange file sharing problem

Alan Lord (News) alanslists at gmail.com
Thu Mar 3 12:23:18 UTC 2011

On 03/03/11 12:17, Simon Greenwood wrote:
> OK, I've just had a look back for your original query, and it would
> appear that you're trying to connect two machines running Ubuntu using
> Samba. The people who replied suggested that you don't use Samba and use
> SSHFS instead, which is built into Nautilus, the reason being that Samba
> is an implementation of Microsoft's SMB networking protocol that is
> mostly reverse engineered, and as such is not well documented and prone
> to bugs.

Erm, that's not actually correct.

This is no longer the case http://news.samba.org/announcements/pfif/

20 December 2007
Samba Team Receives Microsoft Protocol Docs

Today the Protocol Freedom Information Foundation (PFIF), a non-profit 
organization created by the Software Freedom Law Center, signed an 
agreement with Microsoft to receive the protocol documentation needed to 
fully interoperate with the Microsoft Windows workgroup server products 
and to make them available to Free Software projects such as Samba.

Microsoft was required to make this information available to competitors 
as part of the European Commission March 24th 2004 Decision in the 
antitrust lawsuit, after losing their appeal against that decision on 
September 17th 2007.


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