Internationalized Searches with Directory Server

Sun Java System Directory Server does support some powerfull locale specific matching rules, allowing searches according to French, Spanish, Japanese, Esperanto or even Manx.
The list of supported locales is impressive and OIDs have been allocated for each of them. The list is fully documented in the Directory Internationalization Reference” manual.
However, during the re-organization of the documentation for Directory Server 5.2, it appears that the section on how to search using these matching rules was removed.
The documentation of the Directory Server 5.1 on the subject is still valid. It’s in the iPlanet Directory Server 5.1 Administration Guide, Appendix B: Finding Directory Entries.
The section is Searching an Internationalized Directory and the most important part is the mapping table between Search Types, Operators and OID suffixes..
And below this table, you will find all the examples that illustrate the various searches for internationalized data.

Internationalized Searches with Directory Server

Sun Java System Directory Server does support some powerfull locale specific matching rules, allowing searches according to French, Spanish, Japanese, Esperanto or even Manx.
The list of supported locales is impressive and OIDs have been allocated for each of them. The list is fully documented in the Directory Internationalization Reference” manual.
However, during the re-organization of the documentation for Directory Server 5.2, it appears that the section on how to search using these matching rules was removed.
The documentation of the Directory Server 5.1 on the subject is still valid. It’s in the iPlanet Directory Server 5.1 Administration Guide, Appendix B: Finding Directory Entries.
The section is Searching an Internationalized Directory and the most important part is the mapping table between Search Types, Operators and OID suffixes..
And below this table, you will find all the examples that illustrate the various searches for internationalized data.

Red Hat acquires rights to Netscape software…

The news have hit the street a few days ago: Red Hat has acquired the rights on Netscape Server products, and among them, Netscape Directory Server.

Vincent Eynard already blogged (in French, no translation available yet) on it and raised many questions.

“They’re buying antique software,” Joe Keller said, adding that Red Hat’s tactical shifts are confusing. “They used to find the best of open source and bring that forward. Now they’re buying the oldest of commercial software and making it open source.”

It’s true that Red Hat has acquired the rights to the software but what they didn’t acquire was:

  • A customer base. Currently AOL has almost no enterprise customers outside their own portfolio.
  • Engineering or marketing leadership: They don’t have any of either skill set left. Sure, engineers who were left on the way would be please to work again on Directory Server if there is commitment to the product, but most of them have moved to other areas.
  • Market credibility. Netscape hasn’t been a player in this space for a long time.

Anyway, the software is old and the market has moved. What customers want is not just a directory server but a robust Identity Data Service. Which is what the Sun Java System Directory Server Enterprise Edition, a product which includes not only the directory server, but also a proxy server for high-availability, security and client interoperability, AD synchronization and an impressive resource kit, delivers today.

I’m not sure I understand Red Hat strategy with this acquisition, but I’m curious to see what will be their position with regards to OpenLDAP which is already part of their platform, and how they are going to manage to open source some software that has non transferable patents (such as Directory Server). And if they succeed to open source it, I’ll be watching people’s discussions about the code that I wrote more than 3 years ago!

SLAMD has been released as Open Source

SLAMD the Distributed Load Generation Engine has been released as open source release under the Sun Public License.
You can download the product from slamd.com or slamd.dev.java.net.
SLAMD was originally designed for use with LDAP directories and includes a number of utilities and tests that turn a Directory Server benchmark into a kids game.
The “how-to” guide for Sun JavaTM Systems Directory Server 5 is also available: Benchmarking the Sun ONE Directory Server 5.2 with SLAMD and MakeLDIF.

SLAMD has been released as Open Source

SLAMD the Distributed Load Generation Engine has been released as open source release under the Sun Public License.
You can download the product from slamd.com or slamd.dev.java.net.
SLAMD was originally designed for use with LDAP directories and includes a number of utilities and tests that turn a Directory Server benchmark into a kids game.
The “how-to” guide for Sun JavaTM Systems Directory Server 5 is also available: Benchmarking the Sun ONE Directory Server 5.2 with SLAMD and MakeLDIF.