Tag Archives: Open Source

Did you get DC source code for Christmas?

Just in time for Christmas Samba 4.0 was released. This big news here is Samba 4.0 adds Active Directory Domain Controller emulation, including Kerberos, LDAP, DNS, and a bunch of other services.

While this is an impressive technical achievement, I don’t really see many enterprises adopting it. Samba 4 is fighting against one of the biggest IT pressures, headcount reduction. Most enterprises are now willing to pay more for the license cost of the software if it saves them administrative man hour costs.

So unless Samba 4 is going to be easier to install and maintain than Windows servers, it’s not really going to have an impact. Who knows, maybe it will be that easy. If you have Samba 4 in production drop me a comment and let me know what you think.

Meanwhile, Jackson Shaw is … unimpressed.


Open Source IdM platforms

Radovan Semančík has put together an interesting list of open source IdM platforms. There are not as many as I would have expected.

Open source C# SPMl v2 implementation

Softerra has released an open source C# implementation of SPML V2 (DSML profile). I haven’t had time to play around with it yet, but it looks interesting.

Now what would be really great would be some developers to take this and create some implementations that do useful stuff. For instance write a service provider for provisioning and reconciling AD accounts. Or perhaps integrate it with Microsoft FIM.

Good summary of Sun’s open IdM projects

Luca Mayer has this summary of Sun’s open source IdM projects. I have some experience with OpenSPML (obviously), and I have fiddled with OpenDS. There is some great stuff there.

I hope this all survives the acquisition.

Open source IdM connector project

Sun (or should I say Oracle now) now has an open source effort for Sun Identity Manager connectors (hat tip to Daniel Raskin). There is even an SPML 2.0 connector listed which is great to see.

This is another shot at the Holy Grail of enterprise management software, getting out of the connector business. It doesn’t matter if you are doing identity management, network management, configuration management, or security management, or systems management, satisfying a never ending customer demand of connectivity to a myriad of systems is a back breaking pain (and expense).

It will be interesting to see how this plays out. There are a lot of Sun IdM enthusiast out there, and many of them are capable of writing connectors. The success of this effort will depend on how many of them are willing to participate in OS projects and more importantly can get their companies buy-in to contribute source code.

When Open Source Software Makes a Political Statement

An interesting case of an OS drop down widget that made a very political statement. And not one that the web site operator shared (from Instapundit). The social networking angle in this story is also fascinating.