As Fedora 13 marches towards a Beta, there are several Test Days planned
to help bring focused testing on upcoming features. The first,
scheduled for this Tuesday, March 30 2010, will focus on enabling SSSD
by default .
For those unfamiliar with SSSD, it's primary function is to provide
access to remote identity and authentication resources (think LDAP and
kerberos) through a common framework. A primary benefit is support for
offline caching of user credentials. So, why should you care?
* For starters, with offline caching, you no longer need a local
user account if you have a remote authentication service (often
the case when using remote identity/auth on laptops).
* Additionally, if you use remote authentication, it will be
managed by SSSD now . So you'll want to take the live image
for a spin in your environment.
* Lastly, the new and improved system-config-authentication (aka
authconfig) is used for configuring local and remote
identity/authentication. So regardless of your setup, now is a
good time to make sure it works for you.
While testing in your own environment is desired, LDAP and Kerberos
servers are available to aid Test Day participants. As always, test
cases with clear step-by-step testing instructions will be available on
the Test Day page . Also, live images will be provided to allow for
non-destructive testing on your system. The Test Day runs all
*Tuesday* in #fedora-test-day on Freenode IRC. Hope to see you there!