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Samba 4: Linux Active Directory Server

Linux does have directory server called OpenLDAP, but it requires good understanding and admin skills. MS-Ad has reputation for ease of use. Samba is a free software re-implementation of SMB/CIFS networking protocol mainly used by Microsoft. One of the goals of Samba version 4 is to implement an Active Directory compatible Domain Controller. Major features for Samba 4 already include:
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News Roundup: Dec., 15, 2008

Ubuntu has the strongest chance to take Linux mainstream
Interesting interview with Samba's Jeremy Allison - Samba project founder.

Comming soon: Wine 64 bit For 64 bit MS-Windows application
I can finally report success on the first ever win64 program running on wine. The program was a textbook classic, but to make it work gcc had to be changed a lot. This was done by Kai Tietz, who has put a lot of effort in the task of making gcc accept the calling convention.

Windows XP: The OS That Won't Quit
Dell announced it will offer systems with the aging Windows XP for a surcharge of US$150 over the newer Windows Vista--this only five months after it stopped offering XP on its Inspiron consumer desktop and laptop PCs. It is time to move on to Linux ;)

Culture and community go hand-in-hand with Perl programming
This time we chat with Larry Wall, creator of the Perl programming language and regarded as the father of modern scripting languages.

Linux scalability and performance notes from Facebook
Great talk! If you've read anything about scaling large websites, you've probably heard about memcached. memcached is a high-performance, distributed memory object caching system. Here at Facebook, we're likely the world's largest user of memcached.

How to sync Evolution with Google's PIM apps
While I'm a die-hard Google user -- especially the PIM apps -- I still appreciate offline applications for the integration with the desktop, speed, and features they sport. The Evolution contact and calendaring application is a great example: it's as feature-packed as Microsoft Outlook, but with GNOME integration, and it's fast. Gmail, by comparison, is slow and lacks any desktop integration. In a perfect world, Evolution would sync with Google's PIM apps. Unfortunately, there aren't any good, easy-to-use, comprehensive guides for setting up Evolution to sync with all of these apps -- until now.

WordPress Disable RSS Feed
Explains how to disable WordPress RSS / Atom / RSS2 feed url in 2 simple steps.

Samba Project Receives Microsoft Protocol Details

Samba software is a free, open source implementation of networking protocols to share files between Windows and UNIX computers. This is a good news for Samba project.

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.

Andrew Tridgell, creator of Samba, said:

We are very pleased to be able to get access to the technical information necessary to continue to develop Samba as a Free Software project. Although we were disappointed the decision did not address the issue of patent claims over the protocols, it was a great achievement for the European Commission and for enforcement of antitrust laws in Europe. The agreement allows us to keep Samba up to date with recent changes in Microsoft Windows, and also helps other Free Software projects that need to interoperate with Windows

=> Samba Team Receives Microsoft Protocol Docs [samba.org]