Aussie 'bloke' a jolly good OSDL fellow

Australian developer Andrew Tridgell has gained a fellowship with the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) which will enable him to focus his attention on his pet love -- developing the Samba project.

Samba, a suite of programs that allow Windows clients to access a server's file space and printers via the Server Message Block (SMB) Common Internet File System (CIFS) protocols, was first released in January 1992 as an SMB server for Unix.

Tridgell is the Lab's second appointed fellow, joining Linux creator Linus Torvalds, "although as an Aussie, I should really be called a bloke," joked Tridgell.

The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) founded by IBM, HP, CA, Intel, and NEC is a not-for-profit global consortium dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux in the enterprise.

An OSDL spokesperson would not disclose how much the fellowship is worth, but it is enough to enable Tridgell to leave his research position with IBM and focus exclusively on developing the next major release of Samba -- Samba4.

"I was actually very happy in IBM research, but my focus was becoming more and more concentrated on the Samba4 project, and my duties at IBM were considerably broader than that as they included research into a wider range of storage technologies," he said.

Tridgell is currently working on Samba4, whose goals include: protocol completeness, extreme testability, non-POSIX backends, fully asynchronous internals and flexible process models.

"Samba4 is reaching an important milestone as a complete rewrite of the old Samba code with the ambitious goal of being able to become an Active Directory Domain Controller," he said.

Tridgell has also worked in engineering and research roles for VA Software, Linuxware and Quantum. He is a visiting fellow at the Australian National University.

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