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Best Open Source Central Fileshare Software

Without any fuss or bother, let’s get straight down to our recommendations in this category. It’s a very wide-ranging category, so we’ve chosen solutions for very different usage. But they are all share one thing in common – awesome open source server software facilitating easy-to-use IT operations.

This category is not designed to cover file sharing applications – a method of distributing electronically stored information such as computer programs and digital media.

Central Fileshare - Best Open Source Software

Gold medal awardSamba is the standard Windows interoperability suite of programs for Linux and Unix. Since 1992, Samba has provided secure, stable and fast file and print services for all clients using the SMB/CIFS protocol, such as all versions of DOS and Windows, OS/2, Linux and many others. Samba is an important component to seamlessly integrate Linux/Unix Servers and Desktops into Active Directory environments using the winbind daemon.
License: GNU General Public License v3
Silver medal awardUnivention Corporate Server is a server operating system derived from Debian with an integrated management system for the central and cross-platform administration of servers, services, clients, desktops and users as well as virtualized computers operated in UCS.
License: Affero General Public License
Bronze medal award389 Directory Server is a fully featured, RFC 4511 compliant, Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) server. The name "389" derives from the port number used by LDAP. 389 Directory Server handles many of the largest LDAP deployments in the world.

The server supports many operating systems.
License: GNU General Public License v3

About Central Fileshare

A directory server provides a centralized directory service for an intranet, network, and extranet information. Directory Server integrates with existing systems and acts as a centralized repository for the consolidation of employee, customer, supplier, and partner information. You can extend Directory Server to manage user profiles and preferences, as well as extranet user authentication.

Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) is a protocol for accessing on-line directory services. LDAP is a “lightweight” version of the Directory Access Protocol (DAP) used by the ISO X.500 standard.

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