Several months ago I tried configuring the Linuxulator on several FreeBSD 7.X boxes, most of them pure amd64 and pure 64 bit (as it is possible with Intels pseudo 64 bit crap). The reason for that is simple. Having FreeBSD (now 7.1-PRE) as my favorite OS on servers AND hybrid boxes (acting as workstations AND small servers) makes life easy - I thought and was touhgt wrong. Our administration sends a lot of PDFs around and as it is very usual, our applications, forms and so on for scientific congresses etc. are all PDF and subject to be edited. And here it comes that FreeBSD seems to be a definite deadend! Using pdfedit is wrong, it can't show or edit any PDF we obtained so far. Using 'pdftk' fails, it is not made to run in modern 64 bit environments only when using FreeBSD (linux seems to have no problem, especially Ubuntu does the thing). So, then I remembered myself about Linuxulator and tried acrobatviewer - and failed. As in other professional environments we were far away from using simple user management and therefore there is a LDAP environment. And, funny, Linuxulator does not contact LDAP even if I try to configure it to use our LDAP environment. Digging around what flavor of Linux FreeBSD installs (means: do al ot of work), reading about how to use PAM and LDAP on Linux (means: doing again additional work in an environment I try to avoid!) and at last no success, because something is missing or the Linuxulator should use something for user authentication and autorization it does not have and uses therefore the FreeBSD stuff and then fails. Especially for the Acrobat weirdness (or call it software) something like this occurs whenn attempting starting acrobat reader:

(acroread:18831): GLib-WARNING **: getpwuid_r(): failed due to unknown user id (2001)

(acroread:18831): Gdk-WARNING **: shmget failed: error 12 (Cannot allocate memory)

If there is someone here running a 64 bit environment within a LDAP realm and already got successfully running the Linux add ons as expected for LDAP users, you are really welcome to give me some hints how to turn around my frustration and thoughts about definitely leaving the FreeBSD path ...

Thanks in advance,

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