Apple to Replace Samba for Windows Networking

Posted March 24, 2011 at 12:37pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 9811 views

Due to licensing restrictions, Apple is reportedly removing Samba, the mechanism OS X uses to connect to Windows file and network directory services, from Mac OS X Lion. Instead, the upcoming release of Lion will use Apple's own networking software, according to AppleInsider.

The Samba team has moved active development of the project to the more strict GPLv3 license, which prevents Apple from using the software commercially.

Developers report that Apple has internally officially announced that it will pull Samba from Mac OS X Lion and Lion Server, and replace it with Windows networking software developed by Apple.


Apple's Windows file sharing software in Lion will reportedly provide most of the services Samba does but will not support the NT Domain Controller features that were replaced by Active Directory. The good news is that Apple's software likely won't suffer from the issues that Samba had when networking with Windows 7.

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iclark - July 21, 2014 at 11:12am
I have worked for a long time with Samba software and I did not encounter any problems when using it, the network directory services worked great and there were no bugs found on this software. The Windows networking software developers must make sure their program is bug-free just like autodesk software, if not people will be disappointed and try other software that can connect to Windows file.
PAEz - March 25, 2011 at 3:30pm
GPL Sucks!
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