Fedora Project Releases Fedora Directory Server 1.0


United States, December 7, 2005

Fully open source directory project with security enhancements to further the evolution of open source identity management development.

The Fedora Project, a Red Hat-sponsored and community-supported open source project, today announced that since the release of the latest version of Fedora Directory Server on December 1, 2005, over 10,000 downloads of the open source LDAP server have been accessed by community members.

Fedora Directory Server was first launched in June 2005. Since its initial availability, the Fedora Directory Server has flourished with hundreds of active community members and more than 50,000 downloads of the open source technology.

New in this release is the use of the open source Apache web server with the Mozilla NSS cryptography engine for ensuring secure management of identity stores. In addition to many other features, such as LDAPv3, Multi-Master Replication, and Microsoft® Windows® Synchronization, Fedora Directory Server 1.0 also includes support for MD5, SHA-256, SHA-384, and SHA-512 password hashing.

"Fedora Directory Server 1.0 furthers the evolution and democratization of open source software in making this powerful, enterprise proven technology available to all," said Paul Cormier, executive vice president of Engineering at Red Hat. "It is a boon for developers who are now able to port the full packageâeuro”LDAP engine, console and administration engineâeuro”to many different platforms."

Upcoming versions of Red Hat Directory Server will be based on technology directions set in Fedora Directory Server 1.0. For more information or to download, please visit http://fedora.redhat.com.

About the Fedora Project

The Fedora Project is sponsored by Red Hat and is a collaborative effort between Red Hat and the open source community. Built exclusively from the latest open source technology, the Fedora operating system is community supported and freely available. The Fedora Project is not a supported product of Red Hat, Inc. For more information, please visit http://www.fedora.redhat.com.

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