In a curious twist, the standards body that is reviewing a directory services initiative led by Microsoft and Cisco has elected an engineer from their rival Novell as president.
William Bumpus, a member of Novell's architecture group, will head up the Desktop Management Taskforce(DMTF), which recently endorsed Microsoft and Cisco's Directory Enabled Specification (DEN).
The specifications - which are supported by 150 vendors, including Hewlett-Packard, Intel and IBM - will allow all network devices to be coordinated using directories.
Novell had declined to lend formal support to the initiative before the specifications were submitted to DMTF, claiming that Microsoft and Cisco would take charge of them for competitive means.
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