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Novell takes Microsoft’s InfoCard technology open source

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Novell is developing an open source implementation of Microsoft’s identity card technology that is functionally equivalent to the Windows software but will run on both Linux and Macintosh.

The Novell software, for which the source code is already available, provides users with a “digital wallet” that holds any number of separate identity cards that can be used to authenticate to various Web sites or network resources, such as applications or databases, or to complete transactions online.

Novell tapped into Microsoft’s InfoCard technology to develop what it is calling an InfoCard Selector, a graphical user interface that lets users select cards from their digital wallet.

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