"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
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