mardi 2 février 2010

Don't say OpenSSO, say OpenAM

The news arrived on teletwitter yesterday... A new open-source shop headed by Lasse Andressen- Sun's former CTO for Central & Northern Europe-was born February 1st, 2010 under the name of ForgeRock. ForgeRock is apparently providing a "home" for OpenSSO, OpenESB and Liferay portal projects with the clever intend to ramp up the security integration stack. This is good news, not surprising, and certainly bound to happen following Oracle's announcement to pull "useful" parts (i.e. Fedlet, STS, Entitlement) out of OpenSSO to feed into Oblix without clearly indicating what's next with OpenSSO and its community. ForgeRock says "to be committed to the continued open development of OpenAM (understand OpenSSO) and aims to meet Sun's original product roadmap". That's great! Coupe things puzzle me though... How on Earth can they release OpenSSO Express Build 9 (re-branded OpenAM Build 9) today since the official bits aren't released yet? Or maybe they are, only we don't know it. And second, what engineering resources will they commit to continue the development on the basis of the OpenSSO's source tree? To be followed...

10 commentaires:

Glen Mazza a dit…

Do you have a link for Oracle's announcement that it is going to move functionality from OpenSSO into Oblix? I can't find it anywhere. Thanks!

Patrick Petit a dit…

You should take a look at Thomas Kurian's webcast about Software Strategy.
http://www.oracle.com/us/sun/044498.html

Patrick Petit a dit…

And also SOFTWARE STRATEGY WEBCASTS at http://www.oracle.com/events/productstrategy/index.html

wizzysog a dit…

If you look at the name of the forgerock company...you know why they have express build 9 ;)

J a dit…

wizzysog: Forge as in the place with hammers and anvils where you make things :-)

Patrick: nice writeup, it's all still very quiet concerning Oracle and OpenSSO.

So regarding build 9, everything was there and ready except the binaries. You'll have to ask Oracle why they didn't release build 9 when it was ready, but I think the answer is that their strategic AM product is Oracle Access Manager, not OpenSSO. What we have done is to verify and build the long-awaited build 9 and to make this available on www.forgerock.com.

Regarding engineering resources, our team are busy getting infrastructure in place so don't be expecting commits tonight :-) but just to be clear: they will be coming. We believe OpenSSO was a great product and that it will have a bright future with ForgeRock as an active sponsor, and for us this means actively developing the product, providing documentation, marketing and of course supporting it for those who need support.

More info to follow - interesting times!

wizzysog a dit…

J: Agreed...just download build 9 from forgerock...great people, great stuff.

Patrick Petit a dit…

J: I am sure you are on the right track! Regarding build 9 though, you are certainly aware that the original branch for exp9 may not have all the bug fixes. My understanding is that "some" fixes are in the main branch and that a little bit of release engineering work is necessary to get a clean and complete version of exp 9. But I am sure, you are aware of that ;-)

Grim Reaper a dit…

But Patrick...
ForgeRock, what does "open source" mean to you, if it is being hosted by someone that saboutaged other people's careers for his own. Someone that stole SUN's clients, SUN's partners and his own little group of contractors who he had been paying with SUN's money..
If open source is about the sewer principle, shit floats up, then all i can do is applaud your enthusiasm.
The emperor has no clothes.

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