The Open Sourcerer writes: "Fantastic! The EU vs. Microsoft litigation that finished a couple of months ago has finally bourne fruit. The Samba team now have royalty free access to the protocol documentation for Windows Workgroup protocols. Read the full story over on Groklaw. Big thanks are due to PJ for keeping the pressure on the EU so its judgement provided a way for Microsoft to deliver their protocol specs without encumbering users and developers with Patent restrictions and licenses. Merry Christmas — This is a BIG deal for the Open Source Community and what a great way to finish what has been a pretty stonking year for OSS in general."