On the other edge of the blade: discontinue the Samba DC option will generate:
- fellows that will abandon the distro for some other one which provide it
- possible fellows who are looking for an upgrade/migration platform (like the 3-Sme server guy landed few days ago) from their current distro to another one with the same integration options will put out NS from the list (why they should migrate to something that will leave a feature that they have?)
- possible fellows that are running away from Microsoft solutions (and related privacy issues… Did you try recently to add an user on Win10 1803 or 1809? Security questions are not editable … and if you want add a user without store any information you have to deal with “old but gold”
NET USEsyntax… i’m afraid of the next version who could force you to register a Microsoft Account (as Android and MacOS/iOS currently do)
Leaving the feature will cut a bigger rope than IBM/RedHat’s sliced for RHEL8. They’re big enough for not being interested on SMB/Windows customers (potentially higher revenues).
But SMB seems core adopters for this distro, and core business for Nethesis.
IMVHO: leave AD Controller is not an option.
Or better: project should find/integrate a Killer Application that will make consider AD not that necessary. But i have no idea of what this could be…