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IT-Director: Thor poses Open Source threat to Windows 2000

Sep 01, 1999, 17:19 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cheshire Cat)

"Timpanogas Research Group (TRG) announced yesterday its plans for an open source, NDS-compliant directory for Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Linux. ... Despite a 'professional' relationship with Novell, TRG have a reputation of developing products which can be used to migrate away from Novell. It would seem that, this time, the company is turning its sights towards Microsoft.

Clearly the move to implement NDS-compliant, open source directory software is a blow to Microsoft. The first versions of Windows 2000 will not contain a fully functional version of the much-touted (and awaited) Active Directory software which, despite being announced over two years ago, will still miss the initial Windows 2000 release deadline. Administrators wanting to make full use of the directory functionality will have to wait for the Janus upgrade to the operating system, unless they are prepared to consider the increasingly attractive option of adopting (or continuing with) an NDS-based solution. Making such a solution available for free, but with the possibility of professional support, may tip the hands of more than a few corporates."

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