[OpenID board] Motion: allow use of OpenID trademark on Google Code (part 1 of 2)

David Recordon david at sixapart.com
Mon Jun 1 19:00:25 UTC 2009

So far Chris made the proposal and I've expressed support for it.   
Given that no other board members have participated in the discussion,  
I'm guessing that most board memebers don't have strong opinions on  
the matter.  We could either:
1) try to encourage additional discussion among board members and the  
2) accept this as a valid motion and have Don schedule an electronic  
3) discuss this on our executive committee call next week and make a  
decision there

Don, can you please help move this discussion/decision forward?


On Jun 1, 2009, at 11:55 AM, DeWitt Clinton wrote:

> Can we at least decide one way or the other whether I can open the  
> openid.googlecode.com project up to Chris and others representing  
> the OIDF?
> -DeWitt
> On Mon, Jun 1, 2009 at 11:47 AM, David Recordon <david at sixapart.com>  
> wrote:
> No, Heraldry failed because the two companies responsible for the  
> majority of OpenID implementations at the time didn't want to work  
> within the ASF's process.  This is one of the reasons why community  
> based open source development is important beyond just corporate  
> backed development.
> I think Chris' proposal is sound, he has buy in from various library  
> contributors, we have a way to let people like Mart continue  
> developing on GitHub, and I'm not seeing a concrete alternative  
> proposal with someone willing to lead it and make it happen like  
> Chris is.  So I'm sorry, but can we please move forward?
> If we believe that the best path forward is for Chris to first make http://openid.net/code 
>  then lets do that, but I agree with him that an OpenID Google Code  
> project is a demonstrable piece of forward momentum.  The wider  
> developer community has expressed many times over that OpenID's  
> libraries are not of the quality that they need to be and it is the  
> Foundation's job to help fix that.
> --David
> On Jun 1, 2009, at 8:38 AM, Johannes Ernst wrote:
>>> On Sun, May 31, 2009 at 10:00 PM, Johannes Ernst  
>>> <jernst at netmesh.us> wrote:
>>> We had this discussion before and it lead to the Apache incubator  
>>> named Heraldry. Admittedly that one failed, but I don't think it  
>>> was because of the name ;-)
>>> If it wasn't the name, can you describe why it failed. I've heard  
>>> of Heraldry, but am not familiar with its structure or fate.
>> The idea was to incubate within the Apache Software Foundation an  
>> open-source project developing OpenID-related functionality.  
>> Libraries were donated into it, and an entire OpenID provider was  
>> donated into it. There was broad support from all parts of the  
>> OpenID community. We figured being associated with the ASF would  
>> not be a bad idea, and the Apache license sounded good, too.
>> The incubation process failed because basically nobody "did  
>> anything" in terms of writing code.
>>> I am curious how you think that the foundation should best go  
>>> about creating or facilitating the creation of the circumstances  
>>> that would lead to world-class open source OpenID libraries being  
>>> developed.
>>> I haven't heard alternative proposals, but I have received some  
>>> negative feedback towards my proposals, and yet the libraries are  
>>> still not writing themselves.
>> Well, from what I can see the openid4java project has some  
>> traction. It is my understanding that code from that project has  
>> been incorporated into some large-scale commercial offerings. It's  
>> a small community but it is active and has been for a while. So  
>> they are doing something right. Perhaps one could attempt to  
>> broaden that project beyond Java?
>> I think a similar question needs to be asked about commercial/ 
>> proprietary implementations. There aren't a whole lot of those  
>> either. I would stipulate that it is for the same reason.
>> Now stop me because I'm about the speculate why that is. ;-) But  
>> that wasn't your question.
>> Cheers,
>> Johannes.
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