On Fri, 05 Jul 2013 16:22:09 +0100, Jim Nagel wrote:
While we're on about Sourceforge, could someone already familiar
its workings please explain to us in the cheap seats what OpenID is
all about? This page says "OpenID eliminates the need for multiple
usernames across different websites." Does that mean different
Sourceforge websites or what?
It's an authentication system that works on any site that supports it.
The idea is that you can choose your own OpenID provider, and use
that to log in on any website (well, as long as that website supports
OpenID). It hasn't taken off in a big way, but it largely operates
(from a user perspective at least) the same as the "log in with
Facebook", "Log in with Twitter", "Log in with my Google Account"
buttons a lot of sites have.
I quite like the one on Sourceforge, as they used to force password
changes quite often, and logging in with an OpenID circumvented that.
However, unless they've changed it recently, you can't actually log in
with an OpenID on Sourceforge if you're using NetSurf.