SambaXP 2008 Conference - Day 0

OK, here I am at Göttingen. Just waiting for the first talks.

I'll try to report continuously so check back later.

  • Welcome notes and Key note

    • John Terpstra talking about Samba history: "We become fat, dump ... and happy. It's a little bit like life, isnt it?"
    • John Terpstra: "When will Samba 4 be released, Andrew?" - Andrew Bartlet: "End of the year!" - Masses: "Which year?"
    • Volker Lendecke asked Dirk Hohndel "Please plug in the beamer cable!" - "No, turn off the beamer! I have no slides! This here (pointing to his laptop) is only for monitoring the stock exchange when market opens..."
    • Dirk Hohndel: "80% of open source projects have 1-3 developers... and 1-3 users..."
    • Dirk Hohndel about licenses: "What are 10 lawyers at bottom of sea?... Yes, you're right: a good start!"
  • Tridge - Samba and the PFIF
    Title changed to "Samba and Microsoft"

    • Good cooperation with M$ in 1990's, bad/less cooperation starting in about 1999
    • M$ does more than they have to (releases documentation publicly! Open cooperation)
    • PFIF (Protocol Freedom Information Foundation) makes documentation (incl. updates for at least 5 years) availably under NDA - but GPL compatible
    • "5 years is a long time. Maybe Google bought M$ by this time... who knows?"
    • M$ has to cope with Samba bugs - in appliances and embedded devices
    • Now: technical cooperation, lawyers are now sidelined. Both sides participating in numberous events
    • Skill set required which is needed to develop Samba has changed. Documentation of the protocoll is available now!
    • ... but it takes at big bunch of time to implement all the information
  • Wolfgang Grieskamp (M$) - Model-Based Quality Assurance of the SMB2 Protocol Document
    I saw some of the slides before the talk... OMG! What will happen to the people in here? This will be a REAL Power Point Picture Show :o(
    Yes, the slides are a kind of... "marketing" but the information he gives seem to be really good!

    • 250 protocols, about 30k pages of documentation
    • Writing documentation, vendor developing model and test suite (no internal knowledge). Usability of documentation proven.
    • SMB2: 300 pages documentation, 3000 requirements for the test suite
    • No deadlines! There's something to fix? Fix it! Don't release!

    Looks like M$ is interessted in producing high quality documentation for their protocols!

  • Julien Kerihuel - When OpenChange assimilates the Borg

    • OpenChange: OSS implementation of the Exchange server and protocols. Interoperability and documentation. Build upon Samba4 infrastructure
    • libmapi as client side library ("Outlook replacement")
    • OpenChange server implements MAPI/NSPI providers but no message storage yet
    • As a client nearly everthing (most common) works with Exchange 2007(?)
    • Main focus on providing libraries, helping other projects with libmapi (Evolution-Plugin, KDE4)
    • No Thunderbird (at the moment!), Google SoC: fetchmail, Akondai
    • Libmapi API fully documented! And more documentation!
    • Libmapiadmin for administrating user on Exchange server
    • MOCABOX as application box, integration with other OSS
    • Now: more time to code on OpenChange server

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