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389 Directory Server set to replace OpenLDAP as Red Hat and SUSE withdraw support for OpenLDAP in their Enterprise Linux offerings

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Red Hat and SUSE have withdrawn their support for OpenLDAP in their Enterprise Linux offers, which will be replaced by Red Hat’s own 389 Directory Server.

The openldap-server packages were deprecated starting from Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.4, and will not be included in any future major release of RHEL. SUSE, in their release notes, have mentioned that the OpenLDAP server is still available on the Legacy Module for migration purposes, but it will not be maintained for the entire SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLE) 15 lifecycle.

What is OpenLDAP?

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OpenLDAP is an open source implementation of Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) developed by the OpenLDAP Project. It is a collective effort to develop a LDAP suite of applications and development tools, which are robust, commercial-grade, and open source.

What is 389 Directory Server?

The 389 Directory Server is an LDAP server developed by Red Hat as a part of Red Hat’s community-supported Fedora Project. The name “389” comes from the port number used by LDAP. It supports many operating systems including Fedora, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 and above, Debian, Solaris 8 and above. The 389 Directory Server packages provide the core directory services components for Identity Management (IdM) in Red Hat Enterprise Linux and the Red Hat Directory Server (RHDS). The package is not supported as a stand-alone solution to provide LDAP services.

Why Red Hat and SUSE withdrew their support?

According to Red Hat, customers prefer Identity Management (IdM) in Red Hat Enterprise Linux solution over OpenLDAP server for enterprise use cases. This is why, they decided to focus on the technologies that Red Hat historically had deep understanding, and expertise in, and have been investing into, for more than a decade. By focusing on Red Hat Directory Server and IdM offerings, Red Hat will be able to better serve their customers of those solutions and increase the value of subscription.

To know more on Red Hat and SUSE withdrawing their support for OpenLDAP, check out Red Hat’s announcement and SUSE release notes.

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