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From "Recordon, David" <>
Subject RE: The OpenID Foundation
Date Mon, 05 Feb 2007 23:26:04 GMT
It was my hope that there was a way to work with two anchors to the
OpenID community, one being and whatever comes of it and the
other being Apache.  Not everyone is interested in everything (code,
specs, evangelism) and I think OpenID is unique where there is such a
crossover between the people participating in each of these often
unconnected communities.  I mean take FtpServer as an example, the
people who wrote the FTP spec aren't writing this Java implementation of

There really is an emerging community to be built around code for the
OpenID specifications which I think can develop within Apache.  If we're
going to get hung up on who is developing the specs and owns
then no, this separate code community won't emerge here.  If however we
can acknowledge that any technology is made up of many independent
pieces/groups and work here to develop a prosperous community around
code that implements the specifications then I do think we can be

So I guess it is in the ASF's court to decide what you all want to do.


-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Querna [] 
Sent: Monday, February 05, 2007 3:13 PM
Subject: Re: The OpenID Foundation

Recordon, David wrote:
> Paul, no one that I talked to at various ApacheCons could make up 
> their mind about what they wanted.  From the start the proposal 
> included moving the specs, domains, and everything over to the ASF and

> for months I couldn't get a straight answer out of anyone if this was
okay or not.
> No one of us certainly felt empowered to make this decision.

Well, sure, The spec issue was never clear. I personally think we could
house it inside the ASF.

However, I thought the fact that no one in the ASF wants a project that
is just a code dump would of been extremely clear.

ASF projects that are just code dumps die.

It is the community that makes an ASF project successful.

If the community is some place else, take the code there.


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