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Next episode - OpenID - Got questions?

by acedtect-20196213851867054973637995818137 / February 5, 2008 8:03 AM PST

Yahoo just adopted this standard. What is it? How often will it be used, why and what good does it do you?

Questions and comments here, please.

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Have you bothered
by welrdelr / February 6, 2008 11:02 AM PST

to study GNU?

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Ok, so....
by techpriest / February 7, 2008 1:27 AM PST

From what i've picked up here and there, its basically a single sign-on system (think microsoft passport, but "web 2.0", and open standards). That part makes sense.

The part i am befuddled with is the idea of "OpenID provider/host", so is OpenID like email, in the sense you choose a central host or provider? what happens if i want to switch providers?

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decentralized and portable makes is slick
by James C. Smith / February 8, 2008 8:07 AM PST
In reply to: Ok, so....

Open ID is a single sign on system. The part that is so great about it is that it is not controlled my any one company. It is an open standard with decentralized servers. You can select any OpenID provider much like how you select any e-mail provider and any web host. So the system doesn?t force you to trust a specific company. You use any provider you trust or maybe even run your own open ID server.

Better yet, it is possible to change providers without changing IDs as long as you have the foresight to setup your Open ID URL on a site your have control over. An open ID is a URL. When you log into an open ID compliant web site you identify yourself by entering a URL. You could enter the URL supplied by your open ID provider, or enter the URL of any website you control the contents of. At that URL you embed meta tags that tell Open ID compliant web sites where to go to authenticate you. So your Open ID could be the URL to your personal home page. And on that home page could be a hidden link to Verisign who is your current open ID provider. As long as the URL to your home page is always the same, it doesn?t matter how many times you switch to other opened providers. Your open ID will always stay the same. It is a very slick system. It will be very useful if more sites start supporting it.

I really have no interest in Yahoo, Microsoft or Google becoming open ID providers. I don?t want to use my Microsoft ID as my open ID. I will use someone else for the ID provider. I want Yahoo, Microsoft or Google to let me identify myself to them using my Open ID so that I don?t have to create an ID at each website.

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No questions . . . but I have the answers.
by robertmeineke / February 7, 2008 4:22 PM PST
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