If you use the venerable Samba open source tool anywhere on your network, you’ll want to read up on the latest update, version 4.15.2.

Samba is the closest pronounceable word to SMB that Andrew Tridgell, who created the project back in the 1990s, could come up with.

SMB, short for Server Message Block is (or, more precisely, used to be) the general name for Microsoft’s once-proprietary networking protocol, inherited from IBM.

Tridge, as Dr Andrew Tridgell OAM is better known, wanted a way for his Linux computers to be able to join Windows networks, without which the job of exchanging data between Windows and Unix networks required a bunch of messy workarounds.

(There weren’t even USB drives in those days to help with getting data across an airgap – and a typical floppy disk could hold just 1.44MB or even less. Plus, networks were supposed to connect computers, not to segregate them.)