The SAMBA team at SerNet published the new EnterpriseSAMBA packages version 4.1.13. They are available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and CentOS 7 as well.
- Download SAMBA 4.1.13-Pakete
"SAMBA" proves to be a popular brand. Deutsche Telekom recently named a software solution for mobile applications SaMBa! - but obviously forgot about the already existing and protected open source software SAMBA. Goettingen based SerNet GmbH, who holds the trademark for SAMBA in Germany on behalf of the international SAMBA team, could convince Deutsche Telekom to sign a cease and desist letter as well as to rename their product within six months.
In late September Deutsche Telekom launched a software which puts smartphone apps in a foreclosed container. The name: SaMBa! (Safe Mobile Business Apps). However, since the early 1990s SAMBA exists as an open source project (www.samba.org), which is the leading free alternative to Microsoft's Windows servers. SerNet holds rights to the brand SAMBA for Germany since 1999.
Deutsche Telekom assured SerNet in a legally binding document to no longer use the name SAMBA for their products. To rename the software a period of six months was granted. Dr. Johannes Loxen, CEO of SerNet GmbH: "The fact that the history of SAMBA slipped the attention of the Deutsche Telekom AG, has surprised us. Especially since the company is otherwise very concerned about the compliance of trademark rights." He is pleased with the quick and uncomplicated agreement that both parties could achieve. "This time the right of 'Intellectual Property' was on the side of an open source project." SerNet will continue to actively defend the rights to SAMBA in order to avoid confusion with other software projects and to document that open source software is included by industrial property rights in the same way as software with secret source code.
For further information, please contact the SerNet GmbH. You can reach us via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0551 37 0000 0.
The LinuxCon Europe took place from October 13 to 15, 2014 in Düsseldorf. Michael Adam, SAMBA team lead and member of the international SAMBA CoreTeam, gave a talk on "Present and Future File Serving with SAMBA". The slides are available online. Please visit the LinuxCon Europe Slides section or download the PDF directly.
Ralph Boehme, working at SerNets own SAMBA team, was appointed as official member of the SAMBA CoreTeam. The independent team consists of 40 people from all over the world who contribute regularly to SAMBA and have direct write access to the repository.
Preceding, Boehme contributed many patches especially regarding interoperability with Mac OS. He intends to further add his Netatalk/NetAFP expertise to the CoreTeam and take the chance to broaden his overall SAMBA know-how.
In total, six SerNet colleagues are now CoreTeam members. Besides Boehme those are Karolin Seeger, Michael Adam, Björn Jacke, Volker Lendecke and Stefan Metzmacher.
The SAMBA team at SerNet has published new EnterpriseSAMBA packages in September.
Available are 4.0.22 und 4.1.12 for various SUSE and RedHat platforms as well as for Debian GNU/Linux and Ubuntu
Please note that you need to register at the EnterpriseSAMBA portal to access the packages.