Samba/Microsoft documentation deal

OK.. I have to admit, I’m not much of a Linux guy.  I’ve dabbled in it a bit.  But, since I earn most of my living writing software that works strictly on a Microsoft platform of one kind or another, there isn’t much that compels me to move to either Mac or Linux.  (And I’ve tried to find a reason several times.)

But . . .

. . . this news from LinuxWorld is interesting.

For those of you who may not know, Samba is the software that runs on the various ‘Nix platforms that allows them to access other Windows computers.  It is, to put it bluntly, the only thing that allows Apple to say they they can work with Windows computers.  If it weren’t for Samba, I couldn’t even hope to get my wife’s iMac to talk to the printer hooked up to my sons’ computer.

The fact that we no longer have to guess at how microsoft coded Windows networking functions and opens up all kinds of possibilities.

I guess, since they main reason for keeping them a secret, to keep Apple out, was no longer viable (hey, apple’s been using Samba and connecting to the Windows networks for years) there’s just no good reason for keeping the rest of it a secret.

Now, a good viable .NET implementation for Linux/Apple would be another great step.  But, I’m not holding my breath on that one.

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