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Re: GUI to ldap administration

Hello Andreas,

our project (x2go) has an LDAP Administration Gui
(http://www.x2go.org/index.php?id=42) which can be used with the LDAP
tree of Skolelinux (with minor changes). But at the moment we are
discussing the future of the kcontrol plugins. The idea of developing
a JSON based administration API for x2go would mean, that we
discontinue the modules.

best regards,


2010/3/8 Andreas B. Mundt <andi.mundt@web.de>:
> Dear all,
> with the release of Debian Edu lenny 5.0.4+edu0 and the forthcoming
> release of Debian Edu lenny 5.0.4+edu1 development of Debian Edu
> Squeeze is brought more and more into focus.
> I would like to mention and stress the importance of a graphical user
> interface to ldap as essential and very important component of the
> DebianEdu/Skolelinux distribution. In my impression this component
> seems to be rather disregarded at the moment. "Subprojects", regional
> or local groups try to address the problem with alternative tools that
> allow teachers short in time the easy administration of users, groups,
> machines or even more.
> Currently we provide lwat as very simple but also very limited
> GU-interface to ldap. The last upload to Debian happened almost two
> years ago on 2008-03-28, and upstream (in)activity is comparable. A
> lot of wishlist bugs have been filed, patches almost trivially to
> include are in the Debian BTS since ages. To me, it seems as if there
> are no resources left to ensure a minimum of maintenance, not to talk
> about further development and general improvements.
> I consider the administration of the ldap tree as core component of
> our system. Here, the teacher and very limited part-time admin closely
> interacts with the system, here he decides to take the burden of being
> the person responsible for it. If I look at the lwat login screen now,
> it welcomes me with typos in the text and a copyright notice from
> 2007; all in all not very encouraging.
> I think we need either to reactivate development and maintenance of
> lwat and manage to ensure this in the long term, or we need to
> find alternatives, evaluate these and decide to support a solution
> with active and reliable upstream. Without any further analysis I
> heard about gosa, CipUX, perhaps webmin can be repackaged [1] or
> phpLDAPadmin extended, ... no idea.
> What are your opinions with regard to this situation? Any suggestions
> and ideas how to improve it?
> However, it should be clear that we will have no chance to be
> competitive if we do not care.
> Regards
>        Andi
> [1] It seems to be removed because nobody cared:
>    http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=343897
>    from a first glance it seems to be actively developed.
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