|From:||Andrew Bartlett <abartlet-AT-samba.org>|
|Subject:||Thankyou for 20 years of Samba!|
|Date:||Tue, 13 Mar 2012 22:16:15 +1100|
|Cc:||Jelmer Vernooij <jelmer-AT-samba.org>, samba-technical-AT-samba.org|
Tridge, With Samba well on its way to a third decade as of January this year, we wanted to thank you personally for your mentorship, guidance and leadership of the Samba project over the past twenty years. For the past decade, we have personally witnessed the strength of your technical innovations, and your passionate commitment to free software. The Samba Team and project is immeasurably stronger not only because of your amazing technical skill, but also by your dedication to the cause in the legal arena as well. The technologies you built and built with others continue to underpin Samba, from talloc, tdb, tevent, ldb, CTDB, our IDL generated code base to the Samba build system and so, so many other technologies that form the very basis of Samba. We are blessed to be able to build on this incredible work. And as we build on that work, we continue to honour your passion and belief in automated testing - no change, no matter how small or insignificant enters Samba's master tree without passing almost two hours of automated testing. Your dedication in setting up this infrastructure and drive to ensure it's adoption has done more than perhaps any other single action to improve the quality of Samba. For us, your passion for automated testing has been infectious, and we are proud to have carried that passion as we brought Samba's test system from shell scripts around smbtorture to the full selftest and subunit environment we enjoy and rely on today. Your efforts with the European Commission's case against Microsoft are not so well known outside the team, but without that victory we would not have the documentation that we now so clearly rely on. Your struggle against software patents is also less well known, but we admire the passion with which you attacked issues such as the FAT patent, applying your unique talent as both a bush-patent-lawyer and artful programmer to some of the thorniest problems in our legal and technical landscape. But above all of this, you have been a great friend, advocate and mentor, Andrew Bartlett and Jelmer Vernooij -- Andrew Bartlett http://samba.org/~abartlet/ Authentication Developer, Samba Team http://samba.org
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