Funny, I Didn't See 'Windows Protocol Documentation' in the Microsoft Holiday Gift Guide
Looks like Samba is the first beneficiary of the European Commission’s antitrust sanctions against Microsoft. To comply with the terms established by the EC’s 2004 antitrust ruling, the software giant has signed an agreement with Samba that will give the company the protocol documentation its developers need to make its open-source software inter-operate with Windows.
“Today the Samba team announced that they’re satisfied with the agreement, and are taking a Work Group Server Protocol Program trade secret and copyright license,” Microsoft Director of Platform and Technology Strategy Sam Ramji wrote in a post to the Microsoft Port 25 blog. “This will give them access to Microsoft specifications for the protocols in WSPP (such as file, print, and user and group administrative services) and allow the Samba team to create, use and distribute implementations. I expect this will significantly improve the process of Samba development, and produce better quality inter-operation between Windows and Linux/Unix environments. … This is an historic moment, and one that I’m proud of.”
As he should be. Even if it did come under duress.
Samba, which has been struggling valiantly for years to support Windows server protocols, was understandably overjoyed to finally ink such a deal. “They’re giving us all the documentation to make everything work,” Jeremy Allison, co-author of Samba, told InfoWorld. “We will have no more excuses to suck … if we don’t have something, we won’t be able to say it’s not our fault we don’t know how to do it.”
(Incidentally, you’ll find Microsoft’s Holiday Gift Guide here. And boy, is it ever something: Traditional calendars for Excel! Three dozen Outlook add-ins! Oh, and thanks for the photo, “Encyclopedia Brown.”)