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eWeek: Netscape's big LDAP mistake

Aug 12, 2000, 00:15 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Rapoza)

"This [omission of LDAP from Netscape 6] surprised me for several reasons. First, Netscape has always been a strong supporter of LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol). The directory support in the 4.x Messenger client was one of the best things about Communicator, and the Netscape Directory Server (now the iPlanet Directory Server from the Sun-Netscape Alliance) is one of the best implementations of an LDAP server. To a degree, a Netscape product without LDAP support is like a Sun product without Java support."

"I also wonder how this will affect Netscape's partners down at the Sun-Netscape Alliance. If I'm selling iPlanet Directory Server to a company, what do I tell them when they ask whether they should move to Netscape 6? I'd probably have to recommend IE and Outlook."

"No matter how you cut it, not including LDAP in the final version of Netscape 6 is a huge mistake that will end the use of Netscape browsers in companies and even impact its use among general consumers. Netscape's support for cutting-edge standards is admirable, but does it make sense to support Web standards that are seeing minimal implementations while ignoring a well-established Internet standard that Netscape itself helped make as vital as it is today?"

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