1Original Author
   3Steve French (
   5The author wishes to express his appreciation and thanks to:
   6Andrew Tridgell (Samba team) for his early suggestions about smb/cifs VFS
   7improvements. Thanks to IBM for allowing me time and test resources to pursue
   8this project, to Jim McDonough from IBM (and the Samba Team) for his help, to
   9the IBM Linux JFS team for explaining many esoteric Linux filesystem features.
  10Jeremy Allison of the Samba team has done invaluable work in adding the server
  11side of the original CIFS Unix extensions and reviewing and implementing
  12portions of the newer CIFS POSIX extensions into the Samba 3 file server. Thank
  13Dave Boutcher of IBM Rochester (author of the OS/400 smb/cifs filesystem client)
  14for proving years ago that very good smb/cifs clients could be done on Unix-like
  15operating systems.  Volker Lendecke, Andrew Tridgell, Urban Widmark, John 
  16Newbigin and others for their work on the Linux smbfs module.  Thanks to
  17the other members of the Storage Network Industry Association CIFS Technical
  18Workgroup for their work specifying this highly complex protocol and finally
  19thanks to the Samba team for their technical advice and encouragement.
  21Patch Contributors
  23Zwane Mwaikambo
  24Andi Kleen
  25Amrut Joshi
  26Shobhit Dayal
  27Sergey Vlasov
  28Richard Hughes
  29Yury Umanets
  30Mark Hamzy (for some of the early cifs IPv6 work)
  31Domen Puncer
  32Jesper Juhl (in particular for lots of whitespace/formatting cleanup)
  33Vince Negri and Dave Stahl (for finding an important caching bug)
  34Adrian Bunk (kcalloc cleanups)
  35Miklos Szeredi 
  36Kazeon team for various fixes especially for 2.4 version.
  37Asser Ferno (Change Notify support)
  38Shaggy (Dave Kleikamp) for innumerable small fs suggestions and some good cleanup
  39Gunter Kukkukk (testing and suggestions for support of old servers)
  40Igor Mammedov (DFS support)
  41Jeff Layton (many, many fixes, as well as great work on the cifs Kerberos code)
  43Test case and Bug Report contributors
  45Thanks to those in the community who have submitted detailed bug reports
  46and debug of problems they have found:  Jochen Dolze, David Blaine,
  47Rene Scharfe, Martin Josefsson, Alexander Wild, Anthony Liguori,
  48Lars Muller, Urban Widmark, Massimiliano Ferrero, Howard Owen,
  49Olaf Kirch, Kieron Briggs, Nick Millington and others. Also special
  50mention to the Stanford Checker (SWAT) which pointed out many minor
  51bugs in error paths.  Valuable suggestions also have come from Al Viro
  52and Dave Miller.
  54And thanks to the IBM LTC and Power test teams and SuSE testers for
  55finding multiple bugs during excellent stress test runs.
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