Updated: As expected, Samba 3.6 with SMB2 support was released today.
The software -- a file, print and authentication server suite for Windows client -- also features improved printing, identity mapping and cluster file server support. It is the leading open source solution for Linux and UNIX platforms and embedded Network Attached Storage solutions.
Dubbed the first free SMB2 server, Samba issued this statement on its release:
"Samba 3.6 includes the first Free Software implementation of Microsoft's new SMB2 file serving protocol. SMB2 within Samba is implemented with a brand new asynchronous server architecture, allowing Samba to display the performance enhancements SMB2 brings to Microsoft networking technology.
Samba's new SMB2 server has been tested by major vendors and has been able to double the performance of some network applications when run in conjunction with Microsoft Windows 7 clients.
More to follow.