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Ganymede 1.0 Released

Jun 07, 2001, 19:00 (1 Talkback[s])

Ganymede 1.0 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&D Labs, Saitama, Japan)
ftp://ftp2.sinica.edu.tw/pub4/ganymede/ (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)

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 your directory databases.

After five and a half years of design and devlopment effort, I am very proud to present Ganymede version 1.0. After 20 months of production usage and ongoing refinement at ARL:UT with a group of more than 50 administrators and over 850 users, I consider Ganymede to be just about as ready for the world as we can make it.

The core of Ganymede 1.0 does not differ dramatically from the 1.0p1 pre-release that we put out in January in terms of functionality, but a lot of bug fixes have been incorporated, and a lot of polish has been put on everything. The server's memory usage has been stabilized, the GUI has been cleaned up some, and the documentation has been improved.

Concurrently with the 1.0 release of the Ganymede suite, we are releasing version 1.0 of the Ganymede userKit, which provides the database schema and logic for managing user and group accounts across UNIX, Windows NT, and Samba. The userKit has seen a great deal of polish since the 1.0p1 pre-release, and should be easy to install and easy to use for handling password synchronization in a cross-platform manner.

The userKit now has built-in support for generation of the Samba password file with NT-compatible encrypted passwords for both Samba version 1 and Samba version 2, in addition to user and group account synchronization with a Windows NT 4.0 Primary Domain Controller. The userKit also includes support for using Clyde Hoover's npasswd password quality suite to provide support for detailed examination of password choices.

Ganymede, of course, is designed to be customizable to fit any sort of directory management requirements, with support for data loading and management through an XML interface. The 1.0 userKit provides a robust and well designed template that you can use to design your own network management plug-ins for the Ganymede system.

Jonathan Abbey                                        jonabbey@arlut.utexas.edu
Applied Research Laboratories                 The University of Texas at Austin
Ganymede, a GPL'ed metadirectory for UNIX     http://www.arlut.utexas.edu/gash2