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O'Reilly: Unfinished Business: The One Missing Piece

May 05, 2003, 22:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David HM Spector)

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"Linux is a lot like that semi-circle from Shel Silverstein's famous and endearing children's book: almost a complete circle, but not quite. With all of the incredible strides that Linux has made from the smallest embedded devices to the some of the largest supercomputers ever made, there is one piece of its complete adoption in the enterprise that's still missing--a not so little piece still to be done: integration and interoperability with Active Directory (AD).

"As I type this opening paragraph I can almost hear the screams of indignation in the distance: Work with AD?! Why would anyone need to work with AD? Active Directory is not a standard! It's been embraced and extended! Who needs that? We've got LDAP and NIS and Kerberos and... Well, let's look at where we are in the grand scheme of things and see if we can disambiguate things a bit..."

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