MDS (Mandriva Directory Server), along with the Mandriva Management Console (MMC), is a powerful system that allows developers, system administrators, and other software vendors to manage users, groups, and their associated policies in both OpenLDAP server and Fedora Directory Server which allows multi-master replication. Its highly ergonomic interface design makes it very easy to use, and delegation of administration enables medium size organization to adopt MDS.
Dashboard is a rapid application development framework. It's designed to make writing PHP faster and more secure by removing the repetitive parts of programming from the development cycle. It's suitable for many Web applications, but it is specifically designed for making Web sites that need some custom development for interaction with a database.