Domain authentication sets Xandros Desktop apart

Wednesday, 2 April 2003, 4:05 PM EST

In part one in a series of chats with key members of the Xandros team, gives you an insider's view of the Xandros project philosophy and architecture. We'll get a closer look at some of the features that set the Xandros Desktop apart from the rest of the LinuxOS pack. Oleg Noskov, Xandros software development manager, talks about domain authentication - one of the essential keys to integrating with, and eventually migrating from, existing Windows networking infrastructures. Can you give us some details on how Windows domain authentication works in Xandros? Is this feature is unique to the Xandros Desktop? How does it benefit enterprises with Windows networks that are seeking to migrate to Linux?

Oleg: Yes, we are the only Linux distribution that supports native Windows domain logins. We also come first in other areas, such as usability and the ease of installation and configuration. Our hardware detection is excellent well. So basically Xandros is the obvious choice for many enterprises. Why can't other distributions hook into the Windows domain controllers?

Oleg: Because they don't have the feature. Most distributions are not desktop-oriented, so they were never concerned with Windows network integration. How does this authentication work?

Oleg: Basically, on a technical level, the authentication in the domain is performed by a package called Winbind that is part of Samba. But we do a lot more -- we provide the login dialog that allows them to enter the user name and password, not from the local machine but from the domain.

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