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Re: Network nirvana [Re: Since Fedora is not aimed at enterpise/business..]

On Wed, 1 Oct 2003, Owen Taylor wrote:

> That may be the case currently, but why does it have to be that
> way? What we are talking about is fundamentally pretty simple:
>  - Central user database
>  - Single sign-on passwords
>  - Secure network exported home dirs 

There's your problem. Secure distributed single sign-on protocols (like
krb5) are NOT simple. Sure, more documentation is needed (there's only one
in-print Kerberos book, and it doesn't really say a whole lot, for example)
but documentation only gets you so far.... krb is inherently more involved
to set up or trouble-shoot than, say, NIS, and that's not really changeable
given krb's architecture (and any replacement protocol will likely have to
be just as complex, given everything a secure distributed authentication
protocol has to protect against).


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