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Open Source Yields Record Year for Likewise Software

Open Source Software Company Achieves Record Year in 2008; 20,000 Organizations Now Using Likewise Software

BELLEVUE, Wash. – January 22, 2009 – As corporate networks became more diverse with increasing numbers of Mac and Linux users, Likewise Software (, the leader in open source authentication and auditing for mixed networks, enjoyed a record year by ensuring that Unix, Linux, and Mac computers can be integrated securely into a company’s IT infrastructure.... read more

Posted by Steve Hoenisch 2009-03-03

2008 Red Hat Innovation Award Winner

Likewise Open received a Red Hat Innovation Award for Enhanced Security. Learn more at http://

Posted by Rosie Hausler 2008-06-17

Likewise Software Experts to Speak at Samba eXPerience 2008

Conference to focus on open source products

BELLEVUE, Wash. – April 08, 2008 – Likewise® Software, a leader in delivering authentication
and audit solutions for mixed networks, today announced that its experts Krishna Ganugapati, VP
of engineering, and Brian Koropoff and Rafal Szczesniak, software design engineers, will be presenting at Samba Experience 2008. Samba eXPerience 2008, organized by Sernet, takes place
April 14-18, in Goettingen, Germany at the Hotel Freizeit. It is a conference for industry leaders
and implementers interested in tracking developments within the Samba project ( and other Windows domain integration open source technologies.
“Likewise Software has been a supporter of Open Source throughout our history,” said Jerry
Carter, project director for Likewise Open. “We understand the potential for Open Source and
what it means to development and technology communities. At Likewise, our goal is to remain an Open Source company and continue to contribute in significant ways in the areas of authentication and interoperability of all platforms.”... read more

Posted by mvellon 2008-05-14

Likewise Open Spring ’08

Likewise Open Spring ’08 is Live -- Authenticates All Linux, UNIX and
Mac Enterprise Platforms with Microsoft Active Directory

Latest release demonstrates rapid evolution of open source, community project to facilitate
integration of mixed networks with Microsoft Active Directory from a few platforms to over 110
enterprise platforms

BELLEVUE, Wash. – March 25, 2008 – Likewise® Software, formerly Centeris, a leader in
delivering authentication and audit solutions for mixed networks, today announced the
availability of Likewise Open Spring ‘08, an Open Source offering that provides fast and easy
integration of Linux, UNIX and Mac systems with Microsoft’s Active Directory. This release
brings the platforms supported by Likewise Open from a few to over 110 Linux, UNIX and Mac
Platforms, or virtually all non-Windows enterprise platforms. Likewise Open Spring ’08 is
available today as a free download from
Originally released in December 2007, Likewise Open provides organizations with a proven
enterprise solution for authentication with Active Directory. Likewise Open alleviates a number
of challenges that today’s organizations have with authentication across multiple platforms. Next
month Likewise Open will start being distributed through major Linux technology partners,
including Novell (openSUSE), Red Hat (RHEL), and Canonical (Ubuntu).
“With the support of the open source community, Likewise Open continues to evolve extremely
fast,” said Barry Crist, CEO of Likewise Software. “Users have been asking for more platforms
and today we are pleased to answer their requests within weeks with the additional support of
Macintosh, UNIX and all the enterprise Linux flavors. Admins can now manage authentication
through Microsoft Active Directory on virtually any machine.”
“Very few organizations are running one operating system exclusively across their network.
Likewise makes authentication of non-Windows systems to AD easily installable and freely
available,” said Richard Seibt, past CEO of SuSE Linux AG, and the latest addition to the
Likewise Software board of directors. Seibt was appointed President of Novell EMEA after the
acquisition of SuSE by Novell in 2004. He currently serves as Chairman of the Open Source
Meets Business conference organized by Heise Media. “With all of the major Linux providers
including Likewise Open in their upcoming distros”, Seibt continued. “ Likewise Open is fast
becoming the defacto solution for secure authentication of UNIX, Linux and Mac systems with
Availability, Maintenance and Support
All versions of Likewise Open Spring ’08 are available now for free download at A partial list of available platforms include Mac OS X, SUSE Linux
Enterprise, openSUSE, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, AIX, Debian, CentOS, Fedora, Solaris, HPUX,
and Ubuntu. A variety of support offerings are available for Likewise Open starting with a
10 incident support pack for $2,500 per year. Additionally, organizations that download Likewise
Open Spring ’08 can quickly and easily upgrade to Likewise Enterprise if they need features such
as group policy, audit and reporting.
About Likewise Software
Likewise Software provides identity management solutions designed to improve security
and operational efficiencies and help achieve regulatory compliance in mixed network
environments. Likewise Open allows large organizations to securely authenticate Linux,
UNIX and Mac systems with a unified directory such as Microsoft Active Directory.
Likewise Enterprise includes all of the core authentication technology that comes with
Likewise Open, plus world-class migration, group policy, audit and reporting modules.
Likewise Software is a Bellevue, WA-based software company funded by leading venture capital
firms Ignition Partners, Intel Capital, and Trinity Ventures. Likewise has experienced
management and engineering teams in place and is led by senior executives from leading
technology companies such as Microsoft, F5 Networks, EMC and Mercury.
For more information, visit ... read more

Posted by mvellon 2008-05-14

Gerald Carter, Samba Release Manager, Joins Centeris

Centeris Adds Windows and Linux Experts from Microsoft and HP

Ganugapati, Carter deepen development team’s Windows/Linux server integration and management expertise

BELLEVUE, Wash.— Dec. 7, 2005 — Centeris® Corporation today announced the addition of Microsoft® Windows® and Linux® experts to its development team. The new employees bring extensive experience with Microsoft Active Directory® and Samba, which the company expects to further strengthen its position as a leader in the development of Windows/Linux server integration and management technology. ... read more

Posted by MichelleArney 2005-12-09

Likewise Open Agent ver 0.11 Released

Better build environment. Startup from server script. A bunch of other fixes. Still a development release!

Posted by Brian Moran 2005-12-08

Centeris Likewise Open Agent v .11 is posted!

Likewise Open Agent v.11 has been posted to the Likewise project. Likewise Open Agent provides Microsoft Windows system administrators an easy way to perform basic administration of Linux servers for file and print using the familiar Microsoft Management Console(MMC) tools/wizards built into Windows.

For information on using the MMC Computer Management snap-in, use the Help System included with the Windows operating system (may be accessed by pressing the F1 key). For additional inforamtion on Likewise Open Agent, including updates and forum support, visit these sections of the project page. ... read more

Posted by MichelleArney 2005-11-18

Help Wanted: Disk Partition Mgmt

Server and client components that provide management of disk partitions (like Disk Manager)

Posted by MichelleArney 2005-11-17

Help Wanted: Additional Platform Support

The current version supports RedHat Enterprise Server 4.0, SUSE Linux 9.2, 9.3 and 10.0 and SLES 9 SP2. Thus far, Fedora, Debian and CentOS have been requested and would be of immediate value to other developers.

Posted by MichelleArney 2005-11-17

Help Wanted: PuTTY Snap-in

Putty encapsulated in an MMC plug-in would be benefiical for ease of use.

Posted by MichelleArney 2005-11-17

Help Wanted: Server Components

Support for management of additional server components (like Asterisk) by appropriate client plug-ins

Posted by MichelleArney 2005-11-17

Help Wanted: Localization

Non-U.S.-English localization of any kind would be really. German anyone?

Posted by MichelleArney 2005-11-17

Help Wanted: Generic user/group manager

Generic “user/group manager” client snap-in that would work with Linux-local users/groups.

Posted by MichelleArney 2005-11-17

Reducing Barriers Between Windows and Linux

Centeris Announces Open Source Project to Reduce Barriers between Windows and Linux

Likewise Open Agent extends Windows administration tools to work with Linux servers

BELLEVUE, Wash.— Nov. 2, 2005 — Centeris Corporation, a pioneer in Microsoft® Windows® and Linux® server integration and management technology, today announced a new open source project, Likewise Open Agent, that enables administration of Linux servers from the Microsoft Management Console (MMC). MMC is a collection of administration tools included with the Microsoft Windows operating system. Likewise Open Agent will be available for download starting Nov. 18, 2005.... read more

Posted by MichelleArney 2005-11-17

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