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IBM and Novell plan rival to Microsoft identity management platform

IBM and Novell are joining forces to launch an open-source identity management system to rival Microsoft’s forthcoming InfoCard identity management technology.

InfoCard will be bundled with Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows Vista operating system, and with Windows XP.

IBM and Novell, along with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School and others are launching the Higgins Project.

The initiative aims to help users manage their various internet log-ins and passwords by integrating identity, profile and relationship information used across different authentication systems on the web.

The open-source project will be managed by identity management standards organisation the Eclipse Foundation.

The Higgins Project will build a product that can also integrate with Microsoft’s InfoCard platform, which is geared towards Windows-based environments.

Higgins is being built to support all operating environments. Microsoft has been invited to participate in the Higgins Project.


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