I came from an eDir/NDS background so I think I know what I want, but creating it is an enormous pain. Where's the distribution the presumes you want to put $everything into LDAP, users and all, right from the start, use kerberos everywhere, etc? I get a very 1996-friendly-linux-desktop kind of vibe where I think "Of course it's possible to configure Linux to do this" but in practice you may as well give up. It would be a shame if the eventual solution to this problem is to adopt samba4 and just have everyone follow Microsoft's lead.
SSSD is refreshing, but it only makes the client side easier. FreeIPA is really nice for being sort of the KDE of my desktop linux analogy, but it's a lot more than I need and is sadly tied to 389ds only and thus to Fedora systems. There seem to be only two types of person trying to get things working in this area: the people who are wizards and use slapd and the people who aren't necessarily wizards and use Fedora specific solutions.
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