Ubuntu in complex office situations

Brian Fahrlander brian at fahrlander.net
Thu Nov 16 21:27:20 UTC 2006

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Eamonn Sullivan wrote:

>>     1. Is LDAP on Ubuntu ever going to be simpler for office-mortals?
> I understand the frustration. I spent weeks getting this to work for
> seven people (a family, where users *rarely* change). I've not done
> this in an office environment, and have since rolled it back to
> traditional passwd/shadow files, so I don't have much to offer in the
> way of help.
> However, there is a proposal to make LDAP much simpler:
> https://features.launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+spec/easy-ldap-server
> Currently it's marked as "low" priority. I would suggest emailing the
> people in charge (listed on the right) and maybe help fill out the
> related wiki page. Maybe we can raise the project's profile.

    Excellent start.  I think one of the main problems with LDAP is
exactly how to _frame_ the problem.  It's possible to create a tool to
make certain assumptions, as it should, like "where the user accounts
are stored" and let the admin fill in the dark-greasy-shapes, allowing
anyone else to use it with ease.

    And simplifying the backend, since it can already guess the domain,
etc, is the right place to start.  This doesn't have to be complicated,
though the local technical assets should be able to make it so, to solve
problems.  But for 90+%, these simple guesses will be MORE than enough
to solve what they want done, aye?

    Thanks for the tip!
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