OpenDS turns 3 today...
By Ludo on Jul 28, 2009
Another year has passed and we already end of July. Today is the anniversary day for the OpenDS project which is turning 3 this year.
As usual, this is also time to look back in the mirror and consider what we've achieved.
A little more than 10 days ago, we announced the availability of OpenDS 2.0, the new and stable release of our LDAPv3 directory server. OpenDS 2.0 came just about one year after OpenDS 1.0 and 6 months after OpenDS 1.2.
You can read about OpenDS 2.0 features in the Release Notes, but also in the various articles that have relayed our own announcement such as:
- Ben Rockwood: OpenDS 2.0 Released, also on TuxWire: the Linux blog.
- Java.net Editor's Daily Blog: OpenDS 2.0.0 Provides High-Performance Directory Services
- Marina Sum: OpenDS 2.0 ships, New Features in OpenDS 2.0
Yesterday, Sun publicly announced the general availability of Sun OpenDS Standard Edition 2.0, a Sun supported version of the OpenDS project, as well as the release of OpenSSO Express Build 8 (due in a couple of weeks).
Sun OpenDS Standard Edition 2.0 has the same features as OpenDS 2.0. Differences are in the branding, the license, the documentation that is available from docs.sun.com in HTML and PDF and of course the support services offered by Sun.
Mark Craig has already posted an illustrated article describing how easy it was to install Sun OpenDS Standard Edition 2.0 on Windows XP.
OpenSSO Express builds are supported snapshots of OpenSSO development. As Pat Patterson, Community Manager for OpenSSO and covering all Identity Products at Sun, detailed on his blog, OpenSSO Express Build 8 includes a new Mobile One Time Password Feature, the Fedlet for .Net and a new task flow enabling single sign-on to Salesforce.com.
As OpenDS is getting mature, we're seeing public endorsement and use of it. In the last couple of weeks, we had 2 success stories including the use of OpenDS :
- Gluu, a San Antonio TX based startup, offers Cloub base Identity Services based on OpenDS server and DSML gateway.
- Symeos, a French company, offers an Online Identity Management platform based on Sun open source solutions including Sun OpenDS Standard Edition.
Finaly within a year, the OpenDS Community has more than doubled, in term of members in the community, but as well in the number of active contributors and participants in the #opends IRC channel, and in term of unique visitors on the www.OpenDS.org.
I'm proud of what we've accomplished in 3 years and even more of the past year. We still have a lot of ideas and customers requirements to build in the OpenDS project. Overall we know where we want to go and we hope our new executives will agree that it's a nice and viable path to follow...