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Novell plugs Bandit for ID management

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The Bandit project aims to create a set of open-source components for services that use identity data in online transactions, whether corporate or consumer. By going public, Novell hopes to attract more developers to build on its initial code for network sign-on, policy-based administration and other directory-related services.

Bandit will make use of other efforts working on standards for identity purposes, Dale Olds, a distinguished engineer at Novell, said in an interview. These include the Liberty Alliance's protocols and specifications and Higgins, an open-source project backed by Novell and IBM. Higgins is meant to give people more control of their data when they do business online.

"Identity is the missing piece of the Internet," Olds said.

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