9 Feb 2002 samj   » (Journeyer)

Just got back from Brisvegas, Queensland - headed up

there on Wednesday 6 Feb for linux.conf.au, which I found

most interesting. It was particularly refreshing to see some

progress with upcoming Samba releases -

specifically much better support for Windows 2000 and Microsoft

Active Directory

(MAD as Novell like to say). It now

supports Kerberos, and Samba servers can be added to AD

domains fairly easily. winbind has also improved, allowing

PAM/NSS machines to use AD for user/group information -

which would be mostly useful for MS shops with the odd unix

box. I'm sure there's plenty of other goodies in Samba 3,

but this is the stuff I'm mostly interested in. The time

setting code was particularly cute. I find Single Sign On,

authentication, authorisation and security in general

thoroughly intriguing.

Had a good yarn to Andrew Tridgell about AD too,

specifically wrt modifying OpenLDAP to support

Active Directory. Sounds like there's a fair bit of work

involved but I'd love to see an open source implementation

so I'm planning to get stuck into this with David Elson as

soon as time permits. I would have liked to have seen the

chatter involved in adding a win2k workstation to a domain

but it insisted on talking to the DNS root servers (all of

them) and fell back onto legacy DCERPC calls. Adding NT ACL

support to OpenLDAP and making the Kerberos PACs work are

going to be interesting challenges, as is automatically

updating things like the USNs (sequence numbers).

There were plenty of other interesting talks, especially

rasmus's PHP talk, User Mode Linux, Debian Porting, oh, and

how could I forget Neil Brown's kNFSd Authentication talk

which was most interesting. It's also good to see increasing

interest in software engineering practices wrt constantly

changing APIs, bugs, etc. which is going to become

increasingly important as more companies start relying on

OSS.

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