[plug] making linux desktops consistent

raven at themaw.net raven at themaw.net
Tue Apr 27 20:40:39 WST 2004

On Tue, 27 Apr 2004, Craig Ringer wrote:

> On Tue, 2004-04-27 at 19:15, raven at themaw.net wrote:
> > > Depending on the programs being run, you'll need to make sure that only 
> > > one copy of each user account is logged in at any one time, though. Some 
> > > apps don't deal with this well.
> > 
> > That's not acceptable. Ditch the apps.
> Tricky in this situation, as the apps in question include OO.o, Mozilla,
> and Evolution. As we use thin client desktops, these apps are rather
> important ;-)
> Come to think of it, I suspect it includes GNOME and KDE, too (config
> file changes can be lost, etc).
> Personally, I'm not too bothered by a user being unable to be logged in
> to a full GUI session from multiple terminals; it'd be nice, but that's
> it. 

Point taken.

> > > I actually gave up on NIS in frustration and tried LDAP auth instead - 
> > > with much success. If you use TLS, it's quite secure as well.
> > 
> > LDAP is much harder to administer but the security is much better. I agree 
> > that LDAP is the approiate migration path from NIS.
> I find LDAP great in admin terms, actually. pam_mkhomedir and
> directory_administrator take 99% of the work out of handing user account
> maintenance, and for the rest I use a few small scripts.

OK so now I know who ta ask when we go LDAP.



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