The monthly OpenDS Community
call happened today. It was a great call with insight into the upcoming inclusion of OpenDS in OpenSolaris. OpenDS can be installed on OpenSolaris
today but what is new is that it will be available in the new
OpenSolaris application repository. I have blogged before on the
importance of user experience in software. This is especially important
for infrastructure sotware as it increases adoption, reduces training
and maintenance costs and most importantly is "the right thing to do"
when building product. The
inclusion of OpenDS in the OpenSolaris repository will improve the
overall user experience of acquiring and using the software on this
important platform for developers and enterprises. Additionally, the
team talked about the latest release and inclusion of the new console.
In addition to all of the above, I came across the following review by CS Connell
who was comparing OpenDS to several other LDAP directory solutions.
Although his analysis is not comprehensive, the blog post does a nice
job of illustrating his analysis of several different solutions against his business and technical requirements. Here are some of the highlights:
"From an install standpoint, OpenDS seemed quite a bit easier to me, even though I had never seen it before."
"However, one feature that I very much liked (and we need) from OpenDS was virtual attributes, specifically isMemberOf. "
"In the end though, I just felt OpenDS was easier, and would certainly
be more straightforward for someone without much backround in the
technology .. and it had the nifty isMemberOf attribute we wanted"
also posts some initial performance testing results. Although, I can't
confirm or properly comment on his results I will leave conclusions up
to you. We will be posting some testing results of our own on OpenDS
shortly to give you some additional information.
There are great things happening in the OpenDS project. Last week
the team released a major update to the code. The release also
contained a great new console to manage schema, edit entries, etc. I
will blog more about this later in the week.
Ludo is having his monthly call this morning to go over the new release
and discuss some upcoming feature's. Hopefully, you can join the
call. Here are the details.
Dear OpenDS users and developers,
Please join us on the phone for the next OpenDS monthly public
meeting, Tuesday November 4th, 2008, 9am PST, 6pm CET, 5pm GMT.
On the agenda for this month meeting, we will review the current
status of OpenDS 1.1, do an update on the roadmap and will present in
details the changes that being integrated in OpenDS to be able to
integrate it as part of OpenSolaris. These changes include SVR4
packages, additional features with SASL authentication, SMF support,
separation of binaries and data...
The call in details can be found here.