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Easy Integration of Ubuntu Machines into Enterprise Networks

The latest version of Ubuntu - shipping Thursday - will include Likewise Open 5.4, enabling easy integration of Ubuntu machines into Microsoft Active Directory to authenticate users on the corporate network.

Likewise Open enables desktops and servers running Ubuntu to join an organization's existing Active Directory. Likewise Enterprise builds on the authentication engine of Likewise Open, making it simple for IT managers to authenticate users, control access to applications and data, centrally manage settings with group policies, and create reports for regulatory audits.

"Likewise makes it easy to integrate Ubuntu desktops and servers into corporate networks for secure and controlled access to information," said Matt Asay, COO of Canonical. "We have been working with Likewise as a trusted partner since Ubuntu 8.04LTS and we're thrilled with the reception of the Ubuntu community and excited for further growth in the enterprise."

Likewise Open has been included in Ubuntu since the 8.04 LTS (Long Term Support) release in April 2008. Now, the latest version of Ubuntu will include the latest version of Likewise Open.

Likewise Open 5.4 includes a new service manager interface for managing the set of Likewise daemons, a new centralized configuration store which helps make future upgrades much simpler, and a rewritten client and server network I/O stack.

"The success of Likewise Open 4.x and 5.0 in past Ubuntu releases has been very encouraging," said Manny Vellon, chief technology officer, Likewise. "The Ubuntu community's contributions to our open source projects have been very helpful, and we're looking forward to supporting increased adoption of Ubuntu in the enterprise."

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