Feature Request: LDAP configuration

Zach uid000 at gmail.com
Wed Oct 12 10:34:05 UTC 2005


I never would have considered emailing The Boss directly but since you asked...

We are in dire need of an integrated set of tools & configuration
utilities, and documentation for setting up an Ubuntu server as an
LDAP backend for network based authentication, as well as a matching
configuration utility for setting up clients to authenticate against
the LDAP (or other--samba, nis?) server.  The configuration utilites
needs to be tightly integrated--not grafted on as an afterthought. 
The option of configuring the clients and the server at install time
would be nice.  The stuff that PADL and IdealX are putting out are
getting us by, and I'm glad it's there (and $free), but it isn't an
enterprise-class solution.

Network based authentication is something the the Windows folks have
been doing for about 10 years.  The Mac folks have been doing it for a
while as well.  Even Red Hat has a configuration tool to ease PAM
configuration.  The state of network based authentication in general
and OpenLDAP specifically on Linux, is pretty sad.  This is an
opportunity for Ubuntu to step in and fill a need for which there is
huge demand.

Zach C

On 10/12/05, Mark Shuttleworth <mark at canonical.com> wrote:
> In addition, if you have specific feature requests, now's a good time to
> mail them to me. I'll be preparing for the Ubuntu Below Zero (UBZ)
> conference over the next ten days, and ideas that come in before then
> could make it onto the agenda for the dev team.
> Cheers,
> Mark
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