[OpenID board] Ongoing maintenance of the OpenID libraries

Eric Sachs esachs at google.com
Thu Jan 20 16:47:27 UTC 2011

I certainly wouldn't mind if the libraries were organized better, however
when we pole our current/targetted RPs about areas for improvement for the
OpenID scenarios we support, the state of the libraries doesn't make it to
the top 10 list.  The only exception is RPs who are trying to do both
OpenID+OAuth and who not surprisingly complain about the OAuth1 signing

On Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 6:40 PM, Chris Messina <chris.messina at gmail.com>wrote:

> It has come to my attention that the maintenance of the OpenID libraries
> has fallen by the wayside in the past year. Since OpenID 2.0 is still the de
> facto latest version, I believe it is up to the foundation to make sure that
> we're keeping the existing libraries up to date.
> Specifically, since our code is hosted on GitHub, there have been several
> forks and subsequent pull requests posted to the PHP library:
> https://github.com/openid/php-openid
> <https://github.com/openid/php-openid>Will Norris is reviewing these
> changes but I think this raises an important issue that we've neglected for
> some time — making the developer experience of integrating OpenID (beyond
> using an off-the-shelf solution like Janrain Engage) adequate. To that end,
> making sure that the libraries are open for improvements, and that we
> respond to pull requests in a timely fashion should be something that we
> prioritize in 2011.
> If it's unclear who the current maintainers or owners are for the
> libraries, that's something we should absolutely address.
> Chris
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