Building Custom Firmware with OpenWrt
This article demonstrates a technique for providing Kerberos, LDAP, network filesystem, print and media services using a Linksys WRT160NL wireless router. The result is a low-cost network server for the home or small office. OpenWrt has a wide range of packages available, so there is potential for many other solutions to be developed around this capable platform. For example, Samba could allow tight integration with Windows clients. Another option is Netatalk, which provides native Mac OS X file sharing, including integration with Apple's Time Machine backup software. Linux, open-source applications and popular network hardware like the Linksys WRT160NL provide a solid basis for developing innovative devices.
“OpenLDAP Everywhere” by Craig Swanson and Matt Lung, LJ, December 2002 (see the section titled “Configure the Linux LDAP Client”): www.linuxjournal.com/article/6266
“Centralized Authentication with Kerberos 5, Part I” by Alf Wachsmann, LJ, January 2005 (see the section titled “Configuring the Clients”): www.linuxjournal.com/article/7336
“Serving Apples: Integrating Mac OS X clients into a Fedora network” by Mike Petullo, Red Hat Magazine, January 2008 (demonstrates how to configure Mac OS X clients): magazine.redhat.com/2008/01/17/serving-apples-integrating-mac-os-x-clients-into-a-fedora-network
Mike Petullo serves in the US Army and enjoys solving problems with innovative open-source software. He has been working with Linux since 1997 and welcomes your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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