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13. sambaXP: audio recordings, pictures and slides available online

The 13th sambaXP took place from May 13. to 16. in Göttingen. SerNet as the main organizer of the event welcomed 90 participants from all around the world at Hotel Freizeit In. Slides and audio recordings covering nearly all talks are available at as of now. 

The sambaXP traditionally lasts four days and is composed of tutorial, two conference days and a final BarCamp. The presentations ranged from "How I learned to love Sharing Violation" (Richard Sharpe / Panzura), "μSAMBA - Scaling SAMBA Down to Micro Server" (Kai Blin / MPG) and "Experiences of Applying SAMBA Enterprise NAS Products" (Ingo Meents / IBM) to "OpenStack and SAMBA" (Simo Sorce / Red Hat). In his keynote Sven Oehme (IBM) discussed "SAMBA from the perspective of IBM" and depicted the relationship between the General Parallel File System (GPFS) and SAMBA. 

The participants of the sambaXP included mainly members of the international core team, luminaries of the SAMBA development, and employees of large companies. Accordingly, lectures and discussions about SAMBA were on a high level. "Thus, also this SambaXP was a great success," said Dr. Chen-Yu Lin, who at SerNet is responsible for organizing the event. SerNet CEO Dr. John Loxen adds: "We also make the lectures available in retrospect to provide permanent access to valuable information." Development and the use of SAMBA are located worldwide, but not everyone could arrive to Germany - so it's the conference records job to spread the free thought behind SAMBA further.

Impressions from sambaXP 2014 are located at The SAMBA team looks forward to further discussing the topics of sambaXP. To join the conversation visit "TALK" at

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SerNet expands Apple Support - NetAFP joins SerNet

SerNet is joined by Ralph Böhme from NetAFP to further strengthen the SAMBA team. Böhme is the main developer of Netatalk, a free AFP implementation for Linux servers. The step comes as a response to current changes in the protocol landscape: The release of MacOS X 10.9 ("Maverick") made SMB the preferred network protocol for exchanging data. Apple placed its own protocol AFP in the second row.

Netatalk plays a role similar to Samba in terms of the SMB protocol used by Microsoft. SAMBA specialist SerNet reinforces the team of SAMBA developers as well as the on-site AFP expertise by hiring Böhme. Furthermore he implements his project NetAFP into the development of SerNet. In consequence a scalable migration support for the conversion from AFP to SMB will be available for Netatalk users worldwide.

"Many users and manufacturers use Netatalk as Linux servers for Apple clients. Over the next two years, they need to migrate to SMB," says Ralph Böhme. "The merger with the global SAMBA support at SerNet means to keep the open source expertise from Netatalk alive and infuse it in the best free SMB Stack out there."

The coming weeks will see a variety of properties from Netatalk being ported to SAMBA in order to yet improve the support of Apple clients. These features include the consistent access to data with Netatalk via SAMBA and run-time interoperability through integrated file-locking. The Apple-compatible support for commonly used special characters in file names will be available soon. In addition, the Spotlight indexing and search with SAMBA for Apple clients will be possible in the future.

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