On 9 Mar 2010, at 13:16, Kevin Philp wrote:
> Maybe I should rephrase the question: We are thinking of getting some Mac laptops - they seem to be popular with the laptop users here. I know nothing about Macs but I understand I can connect it into my Linux network, authenticate from NIS and load files from NFS4 - is this correct or am I going to head into a whole tonne of mess? Particularly sharing /homes.
The big issue will be with home directories, iff you want fred to be able to log in on a random machine (be it Mac or Ubuntu) and see the same home directory. OS-X does some things in a very specific way in its home directories, and sets up a LOT of stuff there for standard applications.
If however a particular Mac laptop will "belong" to fred, then it's not such a problem. You could create the user fred on the Mac and on the NFS server, and then mount /home on the Mac. fred's home directory on the mac will be by default /Users/fred, and he will also have a networked home directory. There are numerous ways of skinning this particular cat, some better than others, for various values of better.
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