Long term support for Samba 4.17

A Samba LTS release sponsored by Freexian

Freexian is pleased to announce a partnership with Catalyst to extend the security support of Samba 4.17, which is the version packaged in Debian 12 Bookworm. Samba 4.17 will reach upstream’s end-of-support this upcoming March (2024), and the goal of this partnership is to extend it until June 2028 (i.e. the end of Debian 12’s regular security support).

One of the main aspects of this project is that it will also include support for Samba as Active Directory Domain Controller (AD-DC). Unfortunately, support for Samba as AD-DC in Debian 11 Bullseye, Debian 10 Buster and older releases has been discontinued before the end of the life cycle of those Debian releases. So we really expect to improve the situation of Samba in Debian 12 Bookworm, ensuring full support during the 5 years of regular security support.

We would like to mention that this is an experiment, and we will do our best to make it a success, and to try to continue it for Samba versions included in future Debian releases.

Our long term goal is to bring confidence to Samba’s upstream development community that they can mark some releases as being supported for 5 years (or more) and that the corresponding work will be funded by companies that benefit from this work (because we would have already built that community).

If your company relies on Samba and wants to help sustain LTS versions of Samba, please reach out to us. For companies using Debian, the simplest way is to subscribe to our Debian LTS offer at a gold level (or above) and let us know that you want to contribute to Samba LTS when you send your subscription form. For others, please reach out to us at sales@freexian.com and we will figure out a way to contribute.

In the mean time, this project has been possible thanks to the current LTS sponsors and ELTS customers. We hope the whole community of Debian and Samba users will benefit from it.

For any question, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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