OSDL has named Andrew Tridgell, creator of Samba, as the OSDL's second appointed Fellow, so he, like Linus, can work full time on coding. Here is part of the press release.
Samba Creator Andrew Tridgell Joins OSDL
Tridgell to focus on leading development work for Samba project that provides popular drop in Linux replacement for Windows file and print servers
BEAVERTON, Ore. - January 17, 2005 - The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a global consortium dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux® in the enterprise, today named Samba creator Andrew Tridgell, PhD, as the Lab's second appointed Fellow. Tridgell joins Linux creator Linus Torvalds as an OSDL Fellow, positions created by the Lab to allow strategic developers to focus exclusively on their development and coding contributions to the open source community.
As an OSDL Fellow, Tridgell will continue to lead global development work for the open source Samba project. Licensed under the GPL, Samba is a suite of programs that allow WindowsR clients to access a server's filespace and printers via the SMB (Server Message Block) CIFS (Common Internet File System) protocols. Tridgell first released Samba in January 1992 as an SMB server for UNIX. Samba, used by millions of people around the world, runs on Linux and most enterprise operating systems.
''Samba has long been one of the most important open source projects and it is recognized as a critical component for Linux in business,'' said Stuart Cohen, CEO of OSDL. ''We're pleased to have a developer of Andrew's stature join the Lab and that we can dedicate our resources to helping him continue his contributions to the Samba project.''
Tridgell is currently working on the next major release of Samba, version 4, that has five goals: protocol completeness, extreme testability, non-POSIX backends, fully asynchronous internals and flexible process models.
''Samba4 is reaching an important milestone as a complete re-write of the old Samba code with the ambitious goal to be able to become an Active Directory Domain Controller,'' Tridgell said. ''I'm excited about my new role with OSDL and being free to dedicate my energies full-time to Samba.''
Tridgell comes to OSDL after working in research and engineering roles at IBM, VA Software, Linuxcare, Quantum. He is also a visiting fellow at Australian National University.