DCE 1.2.2 released under LGPL license (strategically important for Wine)
Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton
lkcl at lkcl.net
Sun Jan 16 10:16:26 CST 2005
dear wine developers,
you may have noticed that DCE 1.2.2 was released on the 12th january
2005 under an LGPL license.
as you are no doubt aware, the significance of DCE/RPC is very, very
in particular, with FreeDCE using an NTLMSSP authentication plugin and a
"Named Pipes" transport in samba or samba tng, it becomes possible for
FreeDCE to be utilised to make DCOM applications work under Wine.
DCOM applications can be made to WORK under Wine using FreeDCE, Samba or
Samba TNG with NamedPipes.
unmodified Win32 applications can do DCE/RPC and DCOM utilising FreeDCE
and Samba, with a minimum of development effort inside Wine and Samba.
also, FreeDCE can be leveraged to provide _proper_ implementations of
the underlying Win32 interfaces.
for example, REGEDT32.EXE can be made to work over a network running
_natively_ under Wine.
NetUserGetInfo can return "meaningful" information.
the list goes on [to cover a large section of the Win32 API
developed in the 80s and early 90s]
so may i take this as an opportunity to point out two things:
1) articles and news regarding the release of DCE 1.2.2
2) DCE 1.2.2, FreeDCE and Samba TNG have zero funding of any kind.
the possibilities are very exciting, yet curiously these
strategically important projects that could remove
microsoft's stranglehold on hundreds of thousands of
businesses and millions of home users world-wide are
i will do what i can, but my spare time (and elrond's)
are precious resources.
the opportunity is there: all i can do is present it to you.
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