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October 2003 Newsletter of the
Front Range UNIX Users Group

Cndnsd Vrsn: 4 PM Thursday 10/16 ACS Room 123- Samba 3.0


Windows Interoperability with Samba 3.0

The next meeting of the Front Range UNIX Users Group (FRUUG) will be held at 4:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 16. John Terpstra, co-founder of the Samba team, will talk about Samba 3.0 and how it can help open systems interoperate with Microsoft Windows Active Directory-based directory services.

Samba is one of the oldest most mature, and reliable open-source software components around. For years it has enabled open systems including UNIX and Linux act as file servers in Microsoft Windows environments, and also to access files on Windows servers. Accessing servers between these two environments requires interoperable naming services, which Samba has supported up through Microsoft Windows NT 4. As more organizations migrate to Windows 2000 Server software, they are under pressure to deploy Microsoft Active Directory-based directory services on their networks, an area where the Samba 3.0 release provides new interoperability features.

John will give an overview of the Samba 3.0 release, its features, including its virtual file system, how to set it up, and where to find more information on the release. John's soon-to-be-published book, the Official Samba How To and Reference Guide will surely be a big help. (You can pre-order John's book at

John will discuss the issues of open-source interoperability, and how to protect the open-source software movement in the face of proprietary APIs and closed systems based on Digital Rights Management (DRM) concepts.

Finally, John will talk about how to integrate Samba into a mixed UNIX/Linux/Windows ennvironment that uses Active Directory, including buzzwords such as WinBIND, PADL, Kerberos, and LDAP tools. He'll show us how to bolt these systems together, and will assess exactly what we get and what we don't get once we're done. John will finish with a demonstration of software from Vintela Inc., and which closes some of the gaps between what you get from Samba 3.0 and the authentication services that Vintela provides.

About the Speaker

John Terpstra is a well-known contributor and visionary in the open-source community with a very active commercial focus. He is co-founder of the Samba Team, and a member of the Open Source Software Institute Advisory Board. He is active with the Linux Standards Base, the Free Standards Group, has served as a steering committee member of the Li18nux (now Openl18N), and currently serves on the SPEC/SNIA (Storage Network Industry Association) Standards Group.

John is currently an independent consultant. He has served as vice president of technology at Caldera (now SCO), worked with Aquasoft PTY Ltd, PrimaStasys, Inc., was vice president of development at TurboLinux, and is currently a consultant to Vintela, Inc.

Meeting Location

This meeting will be in room 123 of the CU Academic Computing Center building at Arapahoe and Marine Streets in Boulder. Marine St intersects Arapahoe at 38th St; the Computing Center is on the southwest corner.

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Our Last Meeting

At our September 2003 meeting, Bruce Haddon discussed the ins and outs of Unicode, the mother-of-all character set encodings. We all know about character sets that run left-to-right, and some that run right-to-left, and top-to-bottom, but how about those such as Arabic, whose characters are in script and require sequences of characters to line up as if the pen doesn't leave the paper? Or how about sequences of left-to-right characters (like numerals) that are embedded in right-to-left text?

Unicode covers it all, and it turns out that Unicode sits at a very interesting intersection of computer science, linguistics, sociology, and archaeology. For example, if you were going to store text in ancient Egyptian hierolgyphs on a computer, how would you do it? Unicode, of course. Bruce's talk touched on this, and many of the subtleties of encoding all known languages in a single, common character set description.

Announcements, presentation slides, and writeups for past meetings are be available in the FRUUG Meeting Archive?

Future Meetings

Our November meeting is tentatively titled: "Life after Make-- Building Software with SCons."

FRUUG Giveaways

FRUUG Library Merit Badge holders can sign up for give-away books by visiting the FRUUG Web site and clicking on the give-away item in the sidebar. FRUUG merit badge holders are eligible for our frequent book give-aways, and all you have to do for a lifetime membership is to review any book from the FRUUG library and send the review to gaede at

This month we have two books to give away, Addison Wesley's new book, The Art of UNIX Programming, and Prentice Hall PTR's Open Source Network Administration.

If you're a FRUUG Library Merit Badge holder and would like one of the books, please sign up at

Finally, we once again have a Gift Certificate to SoftPro Books to give away to a FRUUG member at the meeting.

FRUUG Library Notes

New books for the FRUUG library that have arrived over the summer include:

  • The Art of UNIX Programming, from Addison Wesley
  • J2EE Security for Servlets, EJBs, and Web Services, from Prentice Hall PTR
  • Next Generation Application Integration, from Simple Information to Web Services, from Addison Wesley
  • Open Source Network Integration, from Prentice Hall PTR

Addison Wesley is running a special promotion until October 15 where you can get 40% off select books when purchased at Barnes & Noble. Visit for details.

You may check out books using your business card as your library card; you must be on the membership list to check books out. Books are due at the meeting following the one in which they are checked out.

Remember that your FRUUG membership entitles you to discounts on your book orders from both New Riders Publishing and O'Reilly & Associates; refer to the FRUUG Web site for details.

The New Riders discount program has changed; pick up a discount coupon with our secret password at the meeting.

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February 15, 2009

February 2008: FRUUG Enters Quiescent Phase
After 27 years running, we're suspending operations.

Future Meetings:
None planned

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