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Linux NIS / NIS+ Tutorial
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3.3. NIS or NIS+ ?

The choice between NIS and NIS+ is easy - use NIS+ only if you have severe security needs. NIS+ is much more problematic to administer (it's pretty easy to handle on the client side, but the server side is horrible). Another problem is that the support for NIS+ under Linux contains a lot of bugs and that the development has stopped.

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