> -----Original Message-----
> -- The emcf labs have been running without ie for the entire semester. ...
> All in all, there have been fewer problems this semester without ie.
> -- All of our lab machines are now dual boot to RedHat 9. The linux side
> sees less usage, but has had zero problems in two years time.
> Most excellent ! Thanks for the progress report on open source alternatives
> for computing environments.
> Can you describe the environment a bit more ... E.g. authentication, file
> system (I know that emba has a tradition of providing "server space" for
> workstations -- and would like to know which method of integration of linux
> workstation to unix host you've implemented.)
For authentication, we use NIS (AKA yp). A master NIS server maintains
the database, and there are a bunch of slaves. NIS is fully supported
by every Unix that I know of, especially Linux. Server space is provided
by 'automount'. When you log in, the workstation mounts your "home" directory
as though it were local.
On the Windows side, we also employ NIS, namely NISGina, which is a
substitute for msgina - Microsoft's login. Thus, if you have an EMCF
account, you use the same password for logins to every machine regardless
of OS. This also works with MacOS X BTW. (Eat your heart out AD).
Each user logging into a Windows machine has their "home" directory
mapped automatically as a drive using Samba. Thus, no matter where or
what you log into, you have access to your files.
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