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last modified 2006-02-22 03:52 PM

Why Use Windows Server When You Can Samba?

I was first introduced to Samba in 1996 when our small interactive agency needed a file serving system. Frankly we chose Linux/Samba because it was the cheapest alternative. That choice introduced me to FOSS. Since then I have learned a great deal about FOSS software, and all the advantages besides the low-cost one. I have never regreted the choice.

Since that first server, I have used Samba on every server I have bought for my own companies or for my clients. When I first started playing around with Mac OS X I was delighted to learn that Samba is supported out-of-the box. In the bad old days, you had to get some p[roprietary software like Thursby's Dave to get Samba working on a Mac. Of course, this built-in support is not a surprise considering that OS X is a BSD variant.

Since those days, Samba has been getting quite a bit of good press. But I never thought I would see the day when an article like this would get printed in eWeek.:

    John Terpstra of the Samba Team goes even 
    farther, suggesting that Windows shops could 
    migrate to Samba 3 servers alone and abandon 
    the W2K/Server 2003 AD paths. His reasoning is 
    that you would avoid the initial costs of 
    buying Microsoft server operating systems and 
    the continuing costs of Microsoft's Licensing 6.

    Me? I can't argue with that.

You can learn more about Samba on the project website. You'll also find there the full text of an O'Reilly book, Using Samba, which explains all you need to know on how to set up Samba.

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