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  Unfinished Business Part 2: Closing the Circle
Subject:   Off-Topic
Date:   2003-07-16 16:50:53
From:   anonymous2
Response to: Off-Topic

"That said, I've asked David to explore eDirectory in his next article"

His first two articles on Enterprise Directory Services contained numerous generalizations, assumptions and technical inaccuracies. How is he going to learn and then effectively evaluate something that is obviously foreign to him?

Is the article due before or after he corrects his mistakes (or backs up his assumptions) in these first two articles? You took to task your *readers* to provide backup for their comments, but you don't hold an author with a negative track record to the same standards?

I would suggest that you get an experienced CDE to write the article. It only seems appropriate to have someone who is already integrating Netware, Windows and Linux servers within their environment to write the article as opposed to someone who wrote an article on "Enterprise Directory Services and Linux" when they were supposed to write about the "challenges" that a company faces when integrating Linux.

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  • Off-Topic
    2003-07-16 17:45:34  chromatic | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

    I don't care to discuss my business or editorial dealings with an author with anyone besides the author or in public. If David wishes to respond, he's welcome to do so. If you have general questions about my editorial policies, please feel free to send me an e-mail.

    David's agreed to tackle eDirectory and I'm looking forward to that article. At that point, if you'd like to write a rebuttal, please send me an e-mail and we can discuss the process.

    I do appreciate your concerns about the facts of these two articles. Part of the blame rests with me -- I don't have the time at the moment to give every article the attention it deserves. We've done peer review of articles in the past, though it's mostly been instigated by authors themselves. I'll bring up the idea in our next editorial meeting.

    Reading through some of the links provided in other messages, I don't reach the same conclusions you do. There may be a big perceptual issue here. While Novell's been doing fine, fine work for years, Microsoft's the 800-pound gorilla and as NT 4.0 finally slouches off into the sunset, the upgrade path from NT domains seems to point to AD. Whether that's fair or right is not a question I want to answer.