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An open-source implementation of the SMB protocol (including Microsoft‘s proprietary extensions to it called ‘CIFS’) that runs on a variety of UNIX-style operating systems. Samba allows UNIX systems to share directories, printers and other resources with Windows clients.

Samba is probably the most important open source project ever created. Because of Samba, system administrators have been able to move their servers to Free operating systemss like Linux or BSD, while still allowing the users to access resources on the server transparently. Without Samba, most companies would not have had the impetus to try a Free operating system.


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