[maemo-developers] A Pitch for making SAMBA Server a core part of the N800 OS

From: David Hagood david.hagood at gmail.com
Date: Fri Mar 30 03:34:45 EEST 2007
I don't think that Samba the server would be a great idea in the Maemo 
environment. It introduces a security risk when the device is roaming - 
you would be sharing your files with whoever happened to be in the 
cybercafe/truck stop/library/* when you connected.

Also, since Samba is just a user-space app, there is little reason a 
user who wants to add it cannot do so.

However, I *would* like to see the CIFS/SMB file system modules be a 
standard part of the released kernels, and would like to suggest that 
support for finding servers on the local network be added to the file 
manager, just as Bluetooth and UPnP shared media is now (in the N800 
release, anyway). Let's face it - most N800 owners will have Windows 
PCs: if the N800 can find those machines and access shared media on them 
it would go a long way to making the Maemo platform much more useful for 
many people.

Of course, I'd also like to see NFS and Novell-over-IP clients in the 
kernel, and support for discovery of them added as well, as that would 
really Maemo shine in a corporate environment (along with a mail client 

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