Red Hat Picks Up Netscape Assets

Terms of the purchase were not disclosed. The two products Red Hat's picking up include Netscape Directory Server, a LDAP server for storing user profiles, policies, and application settings; and Netscape Certificate Management System, a digital certificate-based authentication system.

America Online, which got these Netscape assets when it bought the then-hot browser vendor for $4.2 billion, uses both products in its own networks.

Red Hat said it will start marketing the directory server and certificate manager in the next 6 to 12 months as part of its Open Source Architecture.

"Directory Server and Certificate Management System have already been widely deployed in the enterprise and are mature pieces of infrastructure software," said Red Hat's chief executive officer Matthew Szulik in a statement.

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