A second test version of the next generation of Samba has been released to
the public, with numerous bug fixes and improvements included.
Samba is open source software that lets Windows files and printers be shared
by Unix and Linux systems.
"We have just uploaded the second technology preview of Samba 4," Samba
developer Jelmer Vernooij said in an e-mail announcing the update on Thursday.
The first preview of Samba 4--which mainly seeks to add support for Microsoft's
Active Directory protocols--was released in January.
Vernooij said the second test version of Samba 4 was aimed at "allowing
users, managers and developers 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 APIs and code quality in
Samba's client-side application.
However, the 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 software. "If you are
upgrading an experimental server, you should back up all configuration and
data... Samba 4 technology preview is not secure."
The upgraded Samba software can be downloaded here.