Is LDAP the same in Linux as Active Directory is in Windows?
LDAP is a directory, and what you do with the information that you extract from a directory is up to you. For example, Mozilla uses LDAP for e-mail, and it can be set up to get remote configuration data from there as well. It's not pretending to be a fully-integrated operating-system level service, though.
On Linux, LDAP is a server that you can connect to, but it's up to each application, like GNOME, Evolution, Firefox,...
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or whatever to decide how much support to provide. So the answer is "no."