Newest Linux: Trick or Treat?
Editorial: Linux developers must focus on improvements.Apparently unconcerned with the symbolism, the Linux community is marching toward its self-imposed Oct. 31 feature-freeze date for the newest operating system kernel. While what will be Version 2.6 has many laudable improvements, theres still plenty of post-Halloween maturation needed so that Linux stops frightening end usersand doesnt appear to be masquerading as an enterprise-ready platform. Linux still gets a wary eye in the enterprise due to its restricted features and growing concern about its security. One key drawback, which will be addressed in 2.6, is support for setting file access permissions using access control lists. Every other major Unix version already does this.
In addition, Linux is still too dependent on local user lists. Universal LDAP support and systemwide LDAP integration, not scheduled for 2.6, need to be built in. On the server, this isnt a big deal, but deploying desktops without comprehensive support for a global user directory can be a nightmare. To alleviate management headaches for groups of Linux desktops, some system for pushing administrative policy and configuration changes to multiple users is a must.