Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on November 19, 2006 02:47 PM
That's where the GPL v3 comes in. If the Samba team does choose GPL 3, then that license will hold Novell--and Microsoft--somewhat in check. Why? Samba is what allows us to replace Microsoft authentication servers with Free Software ones, while supporting both MS Windows and Linux/BSD clients. If Novell wants the enterprise space, they need Samba or something like it. I guess Novell could fork the latest GPLv2 Samba, but that'd then be a lot of development work. Of course, all this does assume that the Samba team adopts GPL v3, which I sincerely hope that they will do, for exactly this reason.