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Dividing the Linux desktop
LWN.net Weekly Edition for June 13, 2013
A report from pgCon 2013
Little things that matter in language design
Whatever SSO source you pick, you are going to run into some people who won't use it.
Posted Jan 11, 2013 15:59 UTC (Fri) by kleptog (subscriber, #1183)
So I think, yay, don't have to deal passwords, lost passwords, changing password, encrypting passwords, etc. And then I get people complaining that they don't want to use OpenID because it lets the provider know that you're logging in, and so they asked for username/password mechanism.
What's a developer to do in this situation? People can set up their own provider, but no. The set of people who don't trust OpenID providers and don't want to setup their own is apparently larger than I thought.
Posted Jan 11, 2013 16:49 UTC (Fri) by pboddie (subscriber, #50784)
Sadly, like everything else, the original simple idea has raced away leaving a lot of people to abandon the idea of running their own provider, and it also doesn't help that people who supposedly accept OpenID sometimes reject identities from providers other than the big names because, paraphrasing one explanation I heard at one point, "you can't trust providers you've never heard of before". Obviously, OpenID is just about the identity and not whether that identity can be trusted with anything - something a Google-minted identity isn't going to help you decide anyway. And let us not consider the expanding interoperability matrix and all its accompanying problems.
I think we're going to see a lot more discussion around trust and decentralisation - for example, whether it is prudent to delegate any control over one's identity either by using a big-name service or by running one's own Internet-resident service on someone else's server - as people begin to question the centralised nature of their Internet interactions.
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