Microsoft Licenses Windows Protocols to Benefit Samba Project

Lora Bentley

Thursday, Microsoft agreed to license Windows protocols to the Free Protocol Information Foundation to benefit Samba, the open source project focused on server software. Reuters reports the agreement is part of Microsoft's effort to comply with sanctions imposed by the European Commission in the 2004 antitrust settlement.


Under the license, for which the FPIF paid 10,000 euros, Samba developers will receive specifications for protocols that will allow them to ensure that Samba software will work with Windows desktops. Though the specifications will remain confidential, the Samba team will release source code from the software it develops for the protocols.

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