[K12OSN] Which server would you prefer?

Michael Paric mparic at compbizsolutions.com
Sat Feb 20 19:52:41 UTC 2010

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> Date: Fri, 19 Feb 2010 10:13:15 -1000
> From: "R. Scott Belford" <scott at hosef.org>
> To: "Support list for open source software in schools."
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> Subject: Re: [K12OSN] Which server would you prefer?
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> On Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 9:37 AM, Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 2/19/2010 1:16 PM, R. Scott Belford wrote:
>>>   I've always thought that Linux distributions should just come up
>>>   running an LDAP server for authentication so that adding your 2nd
>>>   shared server would be even easier than the 1st instead of having to
>>>   start over to figure out how to convert both to central
>>>   authentication.  Now I think ClearOS (formerly Clarkconnect) might
>>>   actually do it.  Has anyone looked at it yet?
>>> I've looked at ClearOS alot. John Terpstra joined them, and he put in a
>>> bunch of time with the LDAP and PDC features of ClearOS. It uses LDAP
>>> for all users, and the PDC functionality is good. They've put together
>>> something special.
>> I used to think that SME server would have been good for a home directory
>> and email server if it had done that (and had NFS by default), but ClearOS
>> may turn out to get it right.
> You've long recommended SME server for great reasons. Peter, the heart
> behind ClarkConnect and ClearOS, is nothing short of amazing when it comes
> to documenting and coding. The fact that John joined ClearOS only made it
> better. The next release provides a NFS gui, so we all have a CentOS based
> distro that meets all the samba/ldap/nfs/pdc functions needed by many. And,
> if your administrators feel better about it, you can contract the company
> for support.
> However, I'll re-iterate that Debian-Edu continues to define all that is
> right in an education distribution. This stuff - roaming profiles and ldap -
> has been integrated for more than 5 years. I'll also emphasize that my DRBL
> installs use NIS and NFS and can provide roaming profiles to all users, too.
> The transport is not secure, but, one step at a time.
>> --
>> Les Mikesell
>>  lesmikesell at gmail.com
> --scott

If you want an Ubuntu-based solution, check out eBox at http://www.ebox-platform.com/. I'm using this with a DRBL Ubuntu app server. 

Michael Paric
mparic at compbizsolutions.com

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