Here's the gist of Jason Brooks' article:
Until Red Hat, Novell, or another party focuses around open-source directory services, Linux will be stuck playing catch-up with Windows 2000.
Well, how can I disagree with that? Especially since I was part of the Windows 2000 - and most specifically - the Active Directory launch team! However, it is a pretty sad commentary when basically you are saying that Active Directory is the thought leader. Yes, it is the market leader - absolutely and without a doubt. However, like any product Active Directory has its own set of warts that Microsoft hasn't cleaned up nor are they showing any particular leadership towards Active Directory V2. (Please! Don't get me started on schema modifications!!)
All that said, I'd recommend Jason - and others - take a look at what's going on over at Apache's Directory Project - I find it pretty intriguing. Lots of potential...
ApacheDS is an embeddable directory server entirely written in Java, which has been certified LDAPv3 compatible by the Open Group. Besides LDAP it supports Kerberos 5 and the Change Password Protocol. It has been designed to introduce triggers, stored procedures, queues and views to the world of LDAP which has lacked these rich constructs.
I love how they have bowed to incorporating two-factor authentication into the directory via their "Triple Sec" product along with an Eclipse-based directory studio. What better way to move to a services-oriented architecture than with a well thought out, Java-based directory service?
Microsoft, Active Directory, identity management