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Samba 4: Linux Active Directory Server

Linux does have directory server called OpenLDAP, but it requires good understanding and admin skills. MS-Ad has reputation for ease of use. Samba is a free software re-implementation of SMB/CIFS networking protocol mainly used by Microsoft. One of the goals of Samba version 4 is to implement an Active Directory compatible Domain Controller. Major features for Samba 4 already include:
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Best Open Source Identity Management Solution: Red Hat Directory Server

Red Hat Directory Server (RHDS) wins "Best Identity Management Solution" at "SIIA's 2008 Codie" awards. RHDS is based upon the Fedora Directory Server (FDS), which is an LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) server developed by Red Hat, as part of Red Hat's community-supported Fedora Project. Fedora Directory Server is identical to the Red Hat Directory Server (rebranded version).

The CODiE awards is a yearly award issued by the Software and Information Industry Association for excellence in software development the software industry.

Red Hat Directory Server is a commercial version of FDS with added features like customer service and technical support. FDS is being built on top of Fedora, but supports many operating systems including Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), Debian, Solaris 8+, and HP-UX 11i. FDS has a Java-based GUI front end for administration. FreeIPA, a network identity, policy and audit suite which uses Fedora Directory Server as its LDAP component.