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Best Open Source Identity Management Solution: Red Hat Directory Server

Red Hat Directory Server (RHDS) wins "Best Identity Management Solution" at "SIIA's 2008 Codie" awards. RHDS is based upon the Fedora Directory Server (FDS), which is an LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) server developed by Red Hat, as part of Red Hat's community-supported Fedora Project. Fedora Directory Server is identical to the Red Hat Directory Server (rebranded version).

The CODiE awards is a yearly award issued by the Software and Information Industry Association for excellence in software development the software industry.

Red Hat Directory Server is a commercial version of FDS with added features like customer service and technical support. FDS is being built on top of Fedora, but supports many operating systems including Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), Debian, Solaris 8+, and HP-UX 11i. FDS has a Java-based GUI front end for administration. FreeIPA, a network identity, policy and audit suite which uses Fedora Directory Server as its LDAP component.

Red Hat Open Sourced Identity, Policy, Auditing Management Security Framework Tool

Red Hat has open-sourced its identity-management and security system to promote its assertion that open-source software provides the most secure infrastructure. From the press release:

Red Hat Certificate System was acquired from AOL three years ago as part of the Netscape technology acquisition. In keeping with our commitment to open source software, today Red Hat has released all of the source code to Red Hat Certificate System. Much of the technology in Red Hat Certificate System was already open source, including the Apache web server, Red Hat Directory Server and the FIPS140-2 level 2 validated NSS cryptographic libraries, but today’s move further demonstrates Red Hat’s belief that the open source development model creates more secure software.

I think the freeIPA project is really good addition. It provides central management of identity, policy, and auditing for Unix and Linux using open-source and open-standards technologies.

freeIPA under Fedora Linux
(Fig. 01: freeIPA running under Fedora Linux [Image Credit freeIPA project])