Ganymede 1.0p1 Released
Feb 02, 2001, 22:24 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Abbey)
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Ganymede 1.0p1 is now available for download at
Mirrors: (may take a short while to update)
ftp://mirror.aarnet.edu.au/pub/ganymede/ (Australia/NZ only)
ftp://ftp.kddlabs.co.jp/pub/ganymede/ (KDD R Labs, Saitama, Japan)
Ganymede is a GPL'ed metadirectory system. Ganymede provides support
for concurrent, team-based management of network directory services.
It features a multithreaded database server with support for plug-in
Java classes to customize the structure, management, and distribution
of network directory data. Ganymede allows large groups of
administrators to share administrative control over designated
portions of a master network directory database, and provides
transactional reliability and intelligent constraint management to
keep network directories consistent. Ganymede keeps complete audit
trails for all activity and can send email notification of relevant
directory changes to every member of your admin team, keeping
administrative teams coordinated and effective. Ganymede's
sophisticated graphical user interface is designed to provide a high
enough level of ease and safety of use to allow even relatively
untrained users to make changes to the directory database.
Ganymede has been designed and implemented over a five year period to
act as the glue that holds your admin teams and your directory
It has been just over a year since the last widely publicized release
of the Ganymede directory management system. During that time, ARL:UT
has been using Ganymede in production full-time, with more than 50
administrators sharing administrative privileges over our laboratory's
NIS, DNS, Samba, Windows NT, LDAP, Sendmail, and tacacs services.
Development during the last year has been extremely active, as we have
pushed to make Ganymede ready for the world. This release of Ganymede
is far faster, far more stable, far more memory efficient, far better
documented, and far more complete than any previous release.
This release meets all of the architectural goals I have been working
towards for 1.0. Bulk editing through a high-speed XML client is in,
and there is now clean separation between the base Ganymede
distribution and the schema kits which customize Ganymede for a given
network environment. Interested parties can now author, maintain, and
distribute their own network directory toolkits for use with Ganymede.
We are also releasing the first schema kit for use with the 1.0 series
Ganymede distribution. The Ganymede userKit provides user and group
account management with support for synchronizing both user and group
accounts to your Windows NT PDC, as well as support for UNIX passwd
and group files, using either crypt() or md5Crypt()-hashed passwords.
It is my intention to formally release Ganymede 1.0 in 6-8 weeks,
after folks have had time to give 1.0p1 a try in their environments
and provide feedback. My goal for Ganymede 1.0 is simply to have
better and more integrated documentation, and to take care of any
issues reported with 1.0p1. My goal for userKit 1.0 is to include
pre-written scripts to handle password synchronization with Samba with
support for Windows 98 and NT-style password hashing, in addition to
the Windows NT synchronization included with 1.0p1.
Longer-term, I hope to work with interested folks in producing a
robust and well documented schema kit that includes support for all of
the directory services that we are using in-house at ARL, including IP
and DNS management, automounter, email, NIS netgroups, and more.
Jonathan Abbey firstname.lastname@example.org
Applied Research Laboratories The University of Texas at Austin
Ganymede, a GPL'ed metadirectory for UNIX http://www.arlut.utexas.edu/gash2