Starting with Samba 4.3 SerNet makes some changes to its popular packages. Formerly known as EnterpriseSAMBA they are now published as SAMBA+. Furthermore SAMBA+ 4.3 packages and all later versions are available as software subscription per server and per year. Starting immediately they can be purchased at the SAMBA+ shop. Detailed information and prices are listed at https://shop.samba.plus SerNet's Samba team is presentig the new subscription based model at the Storage Developer Conference in Santa Clara right now.
The change to SAMBA+ is well-considered. The "plus" emphasizes the advantage of SAMBA+ packages. They are available for all enterprise Linux distributions (SLES, RHEL and Debian Linux/Ubuntu) and always based on the latest Samba source packages and subjected to strict quality assurance. That is why SAMBA+ packages from SerNet are always reliable, up to date and behave the same across all platforms. A real plus compared to other Samba packages that can differ significantly and thus cause problems in mixed environments.
For SerNet, EnterpriseSAMBA has been a great success for 15 years. CEO Johannes Loxen points out, that SerNet did not charge any money for the software but received funding by development orders and by support for enterprise customers. Samba evolves rapidly, especially after the release of Samba 4.0 and the download numbers of the EnterpriseSAMBA packages are rising every year. At the same time support calls go down when the software gets mature and easy to deploy so SerNet is not able to leverage costs via support calls alone any more. Referring to Richard Stallmanns concept of "free" as in "free speech", not as in “free beer” Loxen says: "We at SerNet would have loved to release SAMBA+ free of charge but the rising numbers of downloads in combination with decaying support revenue leaves no choice. We hope that the prices we chose are fair and reasonable and reflect the value of the software, where all sources remain free (as in free speech)."
The subscriptions bought at the SAMBA+ shop are managed at a new platform called OPOSSO (https://oposso.samba.plus). Users can activate their subscriptions here and manage access credentials. Loxen: "OPOSSO itself is an open source software that will be released at early 2016 to the public under GPLv3."
SerNet's 4.2 packages and older versions will still be maintained as EnterpriseSAMBA and distributed via portal.enterprisesamba.org for free. Users don't even have to register anymore to be able to access the packages but instead can use a public user.
SerNet's Samba team just released EnterpriseSAMBA 4.2.4 packages for various SUSE and RedHat platforms as well as for Debian GNU/Linux and Ubuntu. They are available at https://portal.enterprisesamba.com
These packages address a lot of issues, which are listed in the Samba 4.2 history.
Please note that you no longer need to register to be able to access the packages. To access the download server you just need to login with your username and accesskey or the new public user shown on our EnterpriseSAMBA portal.
SerNet's verinice.TEAM released version 1.11 of the ISMS tool verinice. New features include the Elasticsearch framework integration and significant GSTOOL-Import improvements
Elasticsearch now enriches verinice and verinice.PRO with a performant as well as flexible full-text search. The decision in favour for the open source framework, which e.g. Wikimedia uses, is explained by verinice team lead Alexander Koderman: "In our tests Elasticsearch proved to be very fast. Virtually every request could be processed within a few milliseconds." Elasticsearch also allows to offer all search functions in full for each database. Koderman: "verinice supports various databases such as Oracle, PostgreSQL and DerbyDB. These may differ in their full-text indexing behavior and features." Also, with the now implemented solution users of the free verinice single-user version with offline database receive the same search function quality as verinice.PRO users .
The verinice.TEAM has carried out numerous and extensive improvements to the GSTOOL import. In verinice 1.11 for example speed and disk space consumption have been optimized by large. GSTOOL is the official but now deprecated software tool published by the German BSI for its IT-Baseline standard.
More detailed information about the new features, other new features and improvements included in the release notes for verinice 1.11. An update to version 1.11.1 is also already available and fixes a problem with the automatic language setting. The download is available directly through verinice.org.
SerNet's EnterpriseSAMBA 4.1.20 has just been released. Packages for various SUSE and RedHat platforms as well as for Debian GNU/Linux and Ubuntu are
available at the Samba portal.
These packages address a lot of issues, which are listed in the Samba history.
Please note that you no longer need to register to be able to access the
packages. To access the download server you just need to login with your
username and accesskey or the new public user shown on
It’s time for the Storage Developer Conference (SDC) again: The international conference will take place in Santa Clara (California, USA) September 21-24, 2015. SerNet will be present to talk about Samba and supports the event as Silver Sponsor.
SerNet’s Volker Lendecke, Samba developer and Samba Team member, will give a talk on Wednesday, September 23rd, starting at 2 pm (PDT): He’ll deal with "The Past, Present and Future of Samba Messaging", providing an overview of the various implementations in detail, their strengths and weaknesses. It will also describe possible future developments for high-performance local and clusterwide messaging. It will give Samba implementors an overview of a critical piece of the Samba architecture and where it is headed (see detail).
Learning objectives of Lendeckes talk are to learn about Samba architecture, find out about Samba clustering directions and get insight about Samba performance and scalability improvements. You can listen to a similar talk on this topic from the sambaXP 2015 (MP3 / PDF-Slides).