Hello. My name is Rich Megginson. I'm a Red Hat employee working on Red Hat/Fedora Directory Server.
Email: rmeggins at redhat dot com
January 11, 2006
So far, a very good New Year. It's very good to have Pete Rowley on board, who, in addition to being a seasoned engineer, worked on the Directory Server at Netscape from 1997-2003. We're still working on the feature list for the next release. Most of our work currently is in RPM-izing the server, which involves these areas:
- creating RPM packages for NSPR, NSS, Mozilla LDAP C SDK, et. al., and preparing them for inclusion in Fedora Core 5
- changing "our" packages such as adminutil, setuputil, etc. to use RPM -devel packages for building
We're also porting to the following platforms:
- linux x86_64
- HP-UX IPF 64
- Solaris sparc using gcc instead of the Sun compiler
These changes will require moving to newer versions of NSPR (4.6) and NSS (3.11), so we're doing that too. We'll probably make Solaris packages available for download once we complete the port, but so far there has been very little interest. We'll also be creating proper init scripts.
Update: Fedora Directory Server 1.0.1
So it seems we had a few bugs just waiting to be discovered in the code. The Release_Notes details them, but needless to say, we were not expecting to have to release a 1.0.1 so shortly after the 1.0. However, much good news: in the week since the release of 1.0, we've had over 8000 downloads and our user community (measured by the number of people on the mailing lists, among others) has grown to about 450 people. With all of that traffic, I should have figured that a few of our astute users would crash our party. But this is a good problem to have. We are getting a lot of good feedback on ways to improve the project, from the Mailing_Lists, Bugzilla, and IRC. Keep those cards and letters coming, folks!