Likewise Releases Latest Free, Open Source Offering for Authentication across Heterogeneous Computing Environments

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Latest Likewise Open enhances performance --particularly for large-scale deployments - eases upgrades and expands password management support

Likewise announced the availability today of Likewise Open 6.0 - adding enhanced logon performance - especially in large, complex environments -- expanded password management support and easing upgrades.

Likewise Open joins desktops and servers running Linux or Unix, and Macs, to an organization's existing Active Directory. With more than 50,000 organizations worldwide, Likewise Open is the most widely used Active Directory authentication engine for Mac, Linux and Unix systems. Likewise Enterprise builds on the authentication engine of Likewise Open, making it easy 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 is a great tool for IT managers running heterogeneous Unix, Linux, and Mac OS X platforms in Active Directory environments - and is a great evaluation tool for those interested in Likewise Enterprise," said Gerald Carter, director of engineering, Likewise. "Many of the advances in Likewise Open can be directly attributed to our ongoing working relationships with our partners that include the Likewise authentication engine in their own products. This active community allows us to collectively pool experiences and provide customers with what they need and want."

About Likewise Open 6.0
Even faster Logon: Likewise Open 6.0 significantly improves logon times for users of many groups - in particular, large, complex groups.

Enhanced password change support: Likewise 6.0 provides users in complex Active Directory topologies - involving multiple forests and a one-way trust - a means of updating a password to comply with network policies.

Easy upgrade: The new registry mechanism in Likewise Open 6.0 significantly improves upgrade support to allow customers an easier way to apply new versions of Likewise Open -- maintaining current configurations.

Smart service manager: Sequences the start up of daemons, maintaining proper dependencies, significantly reducing errors and providing administrators a common model across Unix, Linux and Mac platforms.

Likewise Open downloads from http://www.likewise.com/download have been steadily increasing this year and now average well above 3,000 downloads per month, not including untracked use in distributions such as Ubuntu and SUSE and source code downloads.

"I have successfully deployed Likewise Open to Macs and Ubuntu Lucid installs," said Glenn Vitale, Blount County Schools." I have tried others in the past, but I recently removed all that and just ran Likewise. I was floored that what took me a couple hours in the past, I got done in minutes."

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, http://www.likewise.com.

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

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