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Old 06-23-2015, 03:00 PM   #1
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Why Samba is called Samba?


Samba is a Brazilian carnival dance name. So why does Linux protocol called the same?
I didn't understand the Wikipedia explanation, frankly...
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samba is the name of a microsoft windows file sharing feature. the is a hax for linux to try to fool windows server that the machine is a windows client (or windows clients that it is a windows server).

i think its short for service message block.
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From the Wikipedia article:
The name Samba comes from SMB (Server Message Block), the name of the standard protocol used by the Microsoft Windows network file system.
Midway through the 1.5-series, the name was changed to smbserver. However, Tridgell got a trademark notice from the company "Syntax", who sold a product named TotalNet Advanced Server and owned the trademark for "SMBserver". The name "Samba" was derived by running the Unix command grep through the system dictionary looking for words that contained the letters S, M, and B, in that order (i.e. grep -i '^s.*m.*b' /usr/share/dict/words).
They looked for words that contained the letters s, m, and b in that order in the dictionary. Somewhere in there was the word "samba", and they decided to use it.

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Thank you both for your opinions!


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