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27 May 2009, 12:29

CentOS: Directory Server and LiveCD

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The team behind the CentOS Red Hat clone has released its own LDAP server, the CentOS Directory Server (CDS). The software is based on the time-honoured Netscape Directory Server. Red Hat acquired the NDS code when Netscape Enterprise Solutions was taken over by the Linux distributor in 2004. Maintained by the Fedora Project, the open source LDAP server is also the basis of Red Hat's own login and authentication server, which has now been integrated as a rebuild into CentOS by the CentOS developers.

The CentOS Directory Server requires the current CentOS 5.3 release and can reportedly be downloaded via the distribution's extras repository. According to the developers there are no plans to make the software available for the previous CentOS 4 branch. The installation procedure can be found in the project's wiki. For configuration details, the developers recommend using the current Red Hat Directory Server 8.1 installation notes.

The CentOS project has also announced the release of a CentOS 5.3 LiveCD for the i386 architecture. Available to download now as an ISO file, the LiveCD is intended for desktop use and as a rescue system, offering applications such as OpenOffice 2.3, Firefox 3.0.6, Thunderbird and the GIMP image editor, as well as various tools such as memtest86+, Nmap and traceroute, a graphical device manager and version 3.0.33 of Samba with CIFS support to connect to Windows file shares. More details about the release can be found in the release notes.

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