Perhaps it would be possible to take some of the enhancements embodied in NDS/AD and therefore make Linux even more useful in Education/Corporate set-ups. What Iím thinking of is integrating, as well as logon authentication, package management, home directory allocation etc., network based client install as well.
Even for small business networks this may be useful, as a blank machine can be commissioned by selecting its role and therefore the appropriate operating system configuration and applications be automatically installed. Backup could also be set-up as part of the standard install and controlled by the directory.
This may already have been solved for Linux as a complete solution detailed above, does anyone have details or links to open source projects trying to do the same?