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The beginning: The Linus Torvalds post to comp.os.minix Newsgroups.
pam_hostscheck: PAM module to control users logon with LDAP authentication + a “host” attribute. Download: 1.2, 1.0
shell_wrapper: Application to allow users have more than one shell (LDAP authentication)