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After 21 Alphas, Samba 4.0 Finally Enters Beta

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Published on 06 June 2012 10:17 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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After being in development for nearly a decade, Samba 4.0 is finally in beta.

The Samba 4.0 Beta 1 arrived yesterday on the Phoronix birthday with its multitude of changes that have been building up over the years. Back in January I mentioned Samba 4.0 was dancing closer to release and finally we're to the beta milestone. This beta follows twenty-one alpha releases that were made of Samba 4.0.

The big item to Samba4 is support for the Microsoft Active Directory log-on protocols used by Windows 2000 and later while Samba's domain controller now includes its own built-in LDAP server and Kerberos Key Distribution Center, two distinct file servers, an NTVFS file server, and a new scripting interface.

More information on the Samba 4.0 Beta is available from the Samba.org Wiki.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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