On Thursday 31 Jan 2002 16:58 pm, Chris Howells
On the server side, CUPS would be used for the
printing system and all
machines will have ext3 formatted hard discs.
Sounds reasonable, although ReiserFS is more mature ;-) (start filesystem
flamewars here. And end here ;-)
Or even a printing system flamewar...
One relevent factor is that AFAIK, ReiserFS does
not support file quotas, since ext2 does
presumably ext3 does.
* A database such as NIS would probably be used
for the administrative
NIS is only used for sharing passwords. For the purposes described above, a
NIS also shares information on usernames, GCOS and group
simple MySQL database (or even some LDAP system, for
people who like
buzzwords) would probably be better.
How easy is it to set up either MySQL or LDAP to
have a replicated database and to transparently
switch between copies though?
* Upon loggin in (via kdm) the system would map
the user's home directory
on the server to the /home/user directory on the user name. NFS or SMB are
Or simply have /home NFS mounted automatically at boot time, rather than at
Which makes quite a few other things easier too..
Hardly an original idea though :)
* There will
be some user based administrative tools. This will allow the
user to change his/her password via a web browser. There will also be an
information page showing stuff like information about disc/print quotas.
Webmin, possibly, may be useful?
Make more sense for this to be attached to a webmail system,
but little point doing this for someone actually sat in
front of a workstation. Instead makes far more sense to
have GUI versions of (yp)passwd and quota...
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