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SMBUp: Puts Samba back on your OS X Lion Mac

16 May 2012 5,866 views One Comment

Like a lot of Apple decisions, dropping the open source SMB (a.k.a. Samba) for its own proprietary SMBX has produced a mixed bag of loathing and love. Yes, SMB was being moved to the restrictive GPL 3 license, obviating it for commercial use, and there was also the issue of Microsoft’s new SMB2, which delivered both advancements and issues vis-a-vis the open source Windows File product, so moving wasn’t really a choice for Apple.

Yet, because SMBX consciously left SMB1 behind, Apple’s new Windows File System compatibility software broke a lot of “stuff,” notably of the legacy Windows NT, XP and funky embedded Windows OS variety.

Well, if you’re among those that want Samba back on your Mac, there is a way. Check out Eduo.info’s SMBUp:

Did you lose your shared folders with the update of Mac OS X from Snow Leopard to Lion? Can’t you see your shared folders from your DVR Box or mediacenter device hooked up to your TV? The internet tells you to install developer environment and command-line tools to regain the ability to see your mac from your other devices in the house after moving to Lion? We might be able to help.

Yes, old-school Samba for OS X is still available and development of a kind continues, but few if any have much good to say about it vis-a-vis setup, reliability or services. On the other hand, SMBUp is equally free, brings full Samba back to your OS X Lion Mac and is relatively easy to wrestle.

Ready to give it a try?

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