"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.
As of now verinice 1.8 is ready for download. The new version of the open source tool for your information security management (ISMS) has been put together with the users comfort and ease in mind.
Among the innovations in verinice 1.8, which has been published by SerNet GmbH, are: The management of deadlines for tasks, removing no longer needed objects with repeated imports, new rules for access permissions, breadcrumbs in the object representation, automated addressing (CC / BCC) in mails and the ability to specify a source for report templates.
Seemingly small changes - that have great effect. Alexander Koderman, team lead of Certs & Audit at SerNet, says: "The new version primarily increases the comfort for the user." In his opinion information security management is already a complex field that will further increase in necessity as well as in complexity. "The original idea of verinice always was to make ISMS easier." And that's exactly what version 1.8 tries to accomplish.
In accordance verinice development manager Daniel Murygin stresses: "With verinice 1.8 we have consistently continued on the path to provide a well-to-use ISMS tool that maps complex relationships - and is still a full-grown open source software." For planned versions the mission statement is to further simplify working with the ISMS tool and make it more comfortable. Koderman: "Of course we benefit greatly from the feedback of verinice users who were also the basis for version 1.8." These suggestions are a valuable asset to optimize the ISMS tool in the future.
For more information about the update see the release notes at http://www.verinice.org/verinice-support/release-notes/