Latest Ubuntu Release Provides Integration with Enterprise Networks Via Likewise

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Ubuntu 10.04 LTS to ship with Likewise Open 5.4 software

Likewise announced today that the latest version of Ubuntu - shipping Thursday - will include Likewise Open 5.4, enabling easy integration of Ubuntu machines into Microsoft Active Directory.

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 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 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 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."

About Likewise
Likewise provides integration and identity management solutions to improve security and operational efficiencies and to help achieve regulatory compliance in mixed networks. Likewise Open lets organizations securely authenticate Linux, Unix and Mac users with Microsoft Active Directory. Likewise Enterprise includes all the core authentication technology that comes with Likewise Open, plus world-class migration, group policy, auditing and reporting modules. More information is available at the company's Web site,

Likewise is a trademark of Likewise Software. All other trademarks referenced herein are the property of their respective owners.

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