01.12.07

“It’s an Interoperability Deal”, They Argue, But Where’s the So-called ‘Interoperability’?

Posted in Formats, Interoperability, Samba, Virtualisation at 11:52 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The closer we look at some recent developments, the more we become skeptic on the deal. We wish to present two recent ‘exhibits’, which will hopefully help you make proper judgment based on developers’ behaviour.

The first of the two refers to Samba.

One of the things you’ll notice quickly is that by default, Windows Vista will not map samba shares – nor can you use Samba as a PDC (Primary Domain Controller). This is due to the default security policy of Windows Vista only using NTLMv2 for authentication – something Samba doesn’t support as yet.

This relates to a fairly recent interview where Allison said Microsoft engineers had been told to “f**k with Samba”.

The more recent news comes from LinuxWorld. Once again, Linux takes the back seat and interoperability gets broken, not improved.

In a nutshell, Exchange 2007 can’t run on Microsoft’s most current virtualization software… In any case, users are already reacting, especially in regards to virtualization, which has become a hot bed of networking activity, as well as, a major area of competition for Microsoft with VMWare and open source Xen on Linux platforms.

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  1. shane said,

    January 12, 2007 at 12:43 pm

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    To hear Microsoft describe it, you’d think it was an intellectual property deal.

    Hilf: This is an intellectual-property deal. There will be an overlap at some point between our intellectual property and open source that we have to resolve. We knew that. It was going to happen. It was just a question of when.

    We said let’s put in place something that allows us to a) establish a process for how we can work with an open-source company on our intellectual property, b) do it in such as way that it can still work within the [GNU] GPL [general public license] and c) how do we do this in a way where we can clearly draw the line between the community developer, the non-commercial open-source community guy writing code and the commercial developer who is using open-source code.

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