The practical reality of many enterprises and datacenters today is that they use
heterogeneous operating system environments. Having the disparate systems can sometimes
present challenges to users and administrators from an access and authentication
One solution to the problem comes from open source vendor Likewise. The company released Likewise Open 5.3 last week
under the GPLv2 license, providing a new open source solution for access and
authentication across Windows, Mac and Linux platforms.
Likewise developers see their solution as being competitive with Samba which ships
with all Linux distributions, but note that Likewise Open does the directory piece as
“From a pragmatic standpoint, there is really just one directory infrastructure that
is the corporate mainstay. That is Active Directory,” Krishna Ganugapati, vice president
of engineering at Likewise told InternetNews.com.
“Over 90 percent of the Fortune 1000 deploy Active Directory as their primary
directory. Likewise is an authentication agent for non-Windows systems that allow them to
become first class citizens in an Active Directory environment,” he said.
Likewise Open is the open source umbrella project sponsored by Likewise Software that
builds a Windows compatible distributed systems framework. There are two key components
to the Likewise Open effort, which debuted with the 5.2 beta release in July of this
year. They are LWIS, an Active Directory authentication engine for Linux/UNIX/Mac and
Likewise-CIFS, the SMB/CIFS file server stack.
With the 5.3 release, Likewise is adding Mac and Linux Server Message Block (SMB)
support as well as what Ganugapati referred to as significant performance
Likewise also has a commercial Enterprise release providing Active Directory
integration for Linux. Novell has been shipping Likewise Enterprise as part of SUSE Linux Enterprise 11
Desktop (SLED). A Novell spokesperson told InternetNews.com that the firm see
Likewise Enterprise as a great complement to their Windows integration strategy for SLED
customers. Novell had no specific comment on the Likewise Open effort or
Likewise Vs. Samba
Samba is part of every Linux distributions and for millions of Linux users, Samba is
often the glue that enables them to share files across Windows and Linux. So how is
Likewise Open different? Read the rest at InternetNews.com.