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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Identity systems such as Higgins and InfoCard give us new ways of storing and exchanging information about users; good news for users and developers.
The other half of the picture is managing and auditing those identities and the roles they correspond to, so you can use identities for role-based access control; the features both developers and administrators need to have.
That's one of the pieces Novell's new open source identity management project Bandit aims to address. It's less about providing identities and more about providing common identity services such as authentication, roles, policy and compliance reporting.