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Re: [K12OSN] smbldap-installer and Ubuntu, EdUbuntu



Shahms had mentioned to both Matt and I at one point about writing the
"authconfig" for Debian (Ubuntu).  Matt has a curses based one right now,
but it'd be nice to have something a little more user and newbie friendly
for joining Debian based machines to an LDAP domain.


"Support list for opensource software in schools." <k12osn redhat com> on
Mon Oct 31 2005 at 22:52 +0000 wrote:
>On Mon, 31 Oct 2005, David Trask wrote:
>
>> Hi all,
>> To follow up Matt's message....we talked at length on the phone today. 
>We
>> need an AD killer.  The installation of Samba/LDAP is easy enough
>> now....next we need to begin expanding so that it can be used in a WAN,
>> multi-server situation.  Also...the Ubuntu version of smbldap-installer
>> works great!  This is cool for folks who might want to make the switch
>to
>> EdUbuntu next school year.  Matt's coding magic has enabled him to come
>up
>> with an Ubuntu "answer" to authconfig.  Not real pretty, but it works
>> (that's what we need it to do).  I am currently working on the docs
>(major
>> rewrite) and hope to have them done next week.  Getting time to spend
>with
>> my sandbox has been the issue.  DO NOT try it on a production box as
>there
>> are MANY changes to how things are done.  Even the add user scripts are
>a
>> tad different (bug fixes and moved one field over).  The cool
>thing....now
>> that the Ubuntu piece is in place....it SHOULD work with other Debian
>> distros so long as the packages are in place in their respective repos.
> I
>> don't run AD (Active Directory) at all so it's hard for me to test AD
>> killer alternatives.  I'm hoping that Matt, Chuck, and I (along with
>> anyone else who wants to jump in) can find some time to brainstorm the
>> idea this weekend and beyond.  It'd be really nice to allow folks an
>easy
>> way to get off the M$ AD hampster wheel.  So....read Matt's
>message....and
>> let's get this discussion underway...Matt and I are ready to tackle this
>> and it's an idea whose time has come.
>>
>> David N. Trask
>> Technology Teacher/Coordinator
>> Vassalboro Community School
>> dtrask vcsvikings org
>> (207)923-3100
>>
>
>As an "early pioneer" in this area, I'm thrilled to see work being
>done. I did a bunch of work on LDAP support in Linux long before
>K12LTSP.  I was one of the two original creators of the LDAP
>support in Samba[1] and have been running OpenLDAP in production 
>since version 1.2.
>
>We currently have 15,000 accounts in our directory servers.
>
>
>I've been playing with the Fedora Directory Server a little (not
>nearly enough) and am very excited about the possibilities there.
>A new version of the FDS is due to be released real-soon-now that
>includes most, if not all, of the enhancements required to replace
>an OpenLDAP server. FDS also is also multi-server/WAN friendly,
>has dynamic ACLs, and other such "enterprise" buzz-words. Oh, and
>it has a point-and-click management console.
>
>I would *love* to help hack on directory servers as a "sub-topic"
>in Montreal.  (especially convenient if David and I will be 
>roommates ;-).
>
>-Eric
>
>[1] Well, sorta. My "claim to fame" here is two fold: 1) I did a
>     test implementation that was so insanely ugly that it inspired
>     Shahms King to do it right[2] and 2) at that point in time Shahms
>     was an intern at MESD and it was my job was to sign off on his time
>     sheet ;-)
>
>[2] Shahms' patch was officially accepted into Samba 2.2.
>
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David N. Trask
Technology Teacher/Coordinator
Vassalboro Community School
dtrask vcsvikings org
(207)923-3100


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