A second test version of the next generation
of the open source file and print sharing software Samba has been
released to the public, with numerous bugfixes and feature improvements
The Samba suite is an implementation of Microsoft's SMB
(Server Message Block)/CIFS (Common Internet File System)
protocol that allows other operating systems to emulate or
interoperate with Windows for the purposes of sharing files or
"We have just uploaded the second technology preview of Samba
4," Samba developer Jelmer Vernooij said in an e-mail announcing
the update early this morning (AEDT). The first
preview of Samba 4 -- which mainly seeks to add support for
Microsoft's Active Directory protocols -- was released in
Vernooij said the second test version of Samba 4 was aimed at
"allowing users, managers and developed to see how we have
progressed, and to invite feedback and support".
The development team has made more than 80 modifications to the software since the initial release, including better
internal application programming interfaces and code quality in
Samba's client-side application.
However, team warned against production use of the
software at this stage. "We recommend against upgrading any production servers
from Samba 3 to Samba 4 at this stage," it said in release notes for the
"If you are upgrading an experimental server, you should
backup all configuration and data ... Samba 4 technology preview
is not secure."
The upgraded Samba software can be downloaded here.