It's the Directory, Stupid

As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. Jason's coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at
By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2007-11-27 Email Print this article Print

Earlier this year, while writing about the fortunes of Linux on the enterprise desktop, I came across the paper, "World Domination as an Optimization Hack," in which the GNOME Foundation's Federico Mena-Quintero identifies bulk Linux deployments as the lowest hanging fruit for Linux moving forward.

Although Mena-Quintero doesn't call it out explicitly, the common thread that runs through administrator feedback he presents in the paper is the absence of directory services and the management functions, such as Group Policy, that these services make possible.

I finally got around to columnizing about open source's directory services leadership vacuum:

It's the Directory, Stupid

Opinion: Until Red Hat, Novell, or another party focuses around open-source directory services, Linux will be stuck playing catch-up with Windows 2000.

Doesn't Linux need an answer to Active Directory? Is Samba 4 the way forward? Fedora Directory Server? OpenLDAP? FreeIPA?

I'd love to hear what you think about it... |

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