Does that mean Novell will specifically build in support for WS-Federation and WS-Security into products like iChain? Maybe.
Directory and Identity: Directory interoperability is the basis of identity interoperability - directories contain the structure and content that provides the raw material for identity. Through our ongoing testing in the lab, Microsoft and Novell will improve directory and identity interop between Active Directory and eDirectory, using open specifications such as WS-Federation and WS-Security.
Does it mean they'll drop their own independent (i.e., SAML, Liberty) efforts? Doubtful.
Does it help SuSe Linux clients or servers join an Active Directory domain? No.
I do wonder about the phrase "such as" though. What does that mean? That maybe open specifications such as Kerberos and LDAP will be supported?
People, such as me, wonder.
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