OpenID 2.0 closing in on acceptance
Posted Nov 2, 2007 10:18 UTC (Fri) by jmtapio
In reply to: OpenID 2.0 closing in on acceptance
Parent article: OpenID 2.0 closing in on acceptance
OpenID fills a similar role to the email-based authentication
found on many sites (such as LWN)
I am aware of the niche that OpenID is trying to fill, and it is
certainly not a terribly bad solution for that specific problem, certainly
it is a better solution than using just email. Though it remains to be
seen if some infocard-derivate could become a reasonable competitor for
that specific problem.
I was not clear on this but I think the main reason why I am
disappointed in OpenID is that I find that it is aiming too low. There are
a lot of interesting problems that can be handled with SAML 2.0 and
similar stuff, but for which OpenID is inadequate.
So I do prefer OpenID rather than the current situation where every
site has completely independent accounts and email verification and
captcha's and all. But I would much rather see more widespread use of
Liberty and SAML 2.0 protocols and I have a slight fear that people will
just settle for just plain OpenID instead because it solves a small part
of the bigger problem.
On the other hand it should be noted that OpenID and those other
protocols are not exclusive and propably it is not very difficult to add
support for one of them to a site once the other has been implemented.
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