☞ Logical Core

Ⓕ First Post!

Today is a significant milestone for the new venture I’m helping, ForgeRock. We’ve announced availability of our first full independent release of OpenAM, the open source authentication and access management system. If you look at the release, you’ll see it’s a significant update, with SAML2 support, fine-grained authentication controls and a host of other improvements.

It’s significant for open source because it signals that the OpenAM community – especially the part on ForgeRock’s own team – is up to speed maintaining and evolving the code and that the transition from its former home is going well. And it’s important to OpenSSO customers because it finally gives them a smooth upgrade path from the version 8 of Sun’s old OpenSSO product, which most of them are using.

My congratulations go out to the whole community for their work, but especially to the ForgeRock team who have been working flat out to make it happen – especially Steve, who really deserves a break! Great job, everyone!

☞ Getting Real

☞ Pips From The Open Core

☞ Proof Points

  • Very significant initiative. The fact it’s under the Apache licence makes it highly reusable, and the diversity of the participants combined with open governance gives confidence it can evolve freely and openly. Most interesting is the NASA comment that their work was a response to Eucalyptus choosing to decline input from NASA because it would harm their (open core) business model.
  • Monty Widenius makes a good attempt to define an “open source company” in the face of the dilution of the term at the hands of besuited open core corporations.

✍ Did Open Core Trigger OpenStack?

At the end of the Community Leadership Summit here in Portland people arriving for OSCON started to show up. They included one of the guys behind Rackspace’s announcement of OpenStack that was made today. He gave me a full rundown of both the news and the history behind it. The history seems to suggest it was the open core business model that lead to the creation of OpenStack. Read more on ComputerWorldUK.

☞ Regulate?

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