Reader Omac asks:
I read recently that Novell will release some of the APIs used in eDirectory to the FreeRadius open source group. Could you comment on the impact upon the desktop user?
We made the FreeRADIUS/eDirectory API announcement at the RSA conference on Monday. My good friend (and frequent hiking companion) Tim Harris was a principle driving force behind this effort, launching us into it about a year ago when I still covered the eDirectory product line. Tim elucidated the need for eDirectory to support LEAP/EAP compliance for wireless authentication. (He listened to customers and help engineers deliver on requirements–such novelty.)
Anyway, to Omac’s question, will this have an impact on the desktop user? Absolutely! The first thing that will happen is that this clears the path for wireless authentication to eDirectory for both Windows and Linux desktops.
But I’ll presume that Omac’s question is aimed at Novell Linux Desktop and address that as best I can. First, we’re at an early stage in the process, but already, Tim has worked to get some of these changes into the SUSE LINUX distribution code base. That will immediately inject awareness into our developers, and the way we manage components in the distribution, it means that we’re now set up to support it over a long period of time.
One thing the announcement does not change is the path that we are on for getting Novell Linux Desktop authentication to eDirectory done. We were working on that authentication prior to–and separate from–this announcement. Since I run out of substantive content at this point, I’ll ask Tim to chime in a response to this entry.
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