Johan, Heather, Ivan, Rainer
Not much on the public repos. There has been quite a bit of work on eduTEAMS, which has a lot to do with microservices and how they use Satosa. Also has impact on the OIDC libraries.
Did do a fix for an issue Scott had with regards to how XMLsec errors were handled. First fix sent the code into an endless loop (oops) but latest patches should be fine. This patch will generate a new release, based on the new way we have agreed to generate releases.
We will cut a new release and it will be tagged with a branch. Community maintainers will work in the branch space, and core developers will work on the master branch. Latest release for pySAML is 4.6.5. Ivan will cut a new release (4.6.6) and then that branch will be incremented by the community maintainers (126.96.36.199 for first change).
Alternatively, Ivan could cut a 4.7 release, and community maintainers would maintain the minor release numbers only. This seems to make more sense; Ivan will do this.
Description of the release process text is copied in each repo. Heather to update it and pull that back into one location so that we only have to change it in one place.
Next on the list for Ivan: Satosa and pySAML2
Fixing redirect binding and some options set in Satosa but which are configured in pySAML2 (how we handle sign_assertion, sign_response, sign_alg, digest_alg). This is the same issue we’ve been talking to Martin about; this impacts eduTEAMS, SURF, and others.
Ivan will cut another release later this week with the fixes for above included. (This will be edition to the release today that fixes xmlsec)
Another issue: https://github.com/IdentityPython/pysaml2/issues/592 <https://github.com/IdentityPython/pysaml2/issues/592> do not properly check the certificate as a result of some of the configuration options. Will be changing the default values to require this checking; that may break some existing implementations. Ivan will be investigating further. This more a misconfiguration than a security issue.
Reminder: we’ll have another call in a week; Daylight Saving Time skew will still be a problem so check your calendars!
Hola a todos!
Since we had to cancel the call this week, let’s aim for a call this coming Tuesday. Please note that we’re entering in that time where Daylight Saving Time varies between much of the US and Europe, so this may not be at quite the usual time for all participants!
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The TIIME meeting kickstarted some very interesting discussions. One
of the topics on the "Open Source Identity and Access Management "
track was "Open Source Business models and cooperations for IAM". I
was there on part of the discussions that started the 2nd day and
expanded over the next days. The topic is dense and while it was
directed to the domain of IAM, I think that comes later in the
picture, after we've discussed and agreed how Open Source works, why
it is important for us and technology, and how one can benefit from
(using or investing in) it. Being upfront and clear on why we support
Open Source is key to understanding how Open Source can support us.
Trying to not repeat what others have said better and before me, I
will stay short, and I'll leave you with references to people,
conferences and organizations that are dedicated to this, to analyze
in detail the different aspects of the subject.
IMHO, there are two things that prevent us from reasoning how we can
benefit (financially among other forms of "benefit") from Open Source:
1. the fact that when we talk about Open Source, we usually think
2. and, that we don't talk about what we mean with terms like
"success" and "sustainability"
(1) But, software is about people: We build and create software to
make certain aspects of people's life easier; it is always about
adding value to other people. Open Source empowers the users to take
part on the decisions made for the evolution of the software. This is
the big differentiator between closed-source and open-source projects.
Closed-source projects have users, while open-source projects have
The foundation on top of which a successful open source project
builds, is not the service or product, it is the community. In
closed-source companies, what has value is either the product, or the
(almost always, private) data that the product has collected. In
open-source companies the value is not on the product itself, but on
the relations between the company and the users. The investment should
be in maintaining this relationship, building trust, while the product
evolves both from the core-dev team and the community, with respect to
Now, this is a hard goal. People are difficult, and in the modern
world even more. Competition is high, deals will almost always benefit
the closed-source companies and the risk of working in the open is
higher, precisely because control is not in your hands. However, it is
not impossible. There are many organizations out there, big (some very
big) and small, that have succeeded. And this is where (2) comes in.
Taking into account (1), expectations must be adjusted to the
difficulties of the reality of Open Source. It is not about marketing
and selling the product anymore; it is about managing communities and
continuously delivering value. It takes time and effort to create a
robust, high quality codebase and userbase, it takes time and effort
to convince people you are serious about what you do, and it takes
time and effort to create and maintain relations (not just deals.)
Time is a very important factor, because it is a limiting factor that
you cannot avoid. It has direct implications on the scale an Open
Source business can have. It is unreasonable to compare Open Source
companies to companies like Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Amazon or any
other giant out there (not just because of the different business
models, but also because a big part of the value comes from the data
collection as well as the data control these companies can exercise.)
So, we must define what "benefit" and "success" mean in the context of
an Open Source business. What is a healthy growth rate, and what
indicators do we use to measure it?
I won't go more into this, as this email is getting bigger than the
small paragraph I had in mind when I started writing. I'll close with
some links to related content:
The economics of software
by Bryan Cantrill (CTO of Joyent)
Sustain (un)conference - an event about the sustainability of open
The community-compact - a social contract for open-source businesses
by Adam Jacob (CTO of Chef)
Sustainable Free and Open Source Communities (SFOSC) - a project and
book (in the making) about building healthy, sustainable open source
communities and businesses - guiding principles, business model
definitions and social contracts (like the community-compact above.)
Finally, some notes on the recent discussions on some open-source
projects re-licensing as a way to make money (see Redis, MongoDB,
The tragedy of the commons clause
Open source confronts its midlife crisis
A EULA in FOSS clothing?
Ivan c00kiemon5ter Kanakarakis >:3
Hola a todos!
Too many folks are wrapped up at the I2 meeting this week, so we’re going to reschedule our call to next week, same time. I will send out an invitation later this week.
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Hola a todos!
I’ve added a brief wiki page to the SATOSA, pySAML2, and pyXMLSecurity repositories about branching and versioning. The text for each is as follows:
The idpy projects (including this one) are maintained by a few core maintainers and a larger number of community volunteers. The core maintainers focus entirely on the master branch, developing and evolving the code there. The community volunteers maintain the point-in-time minor and patch releases.
For every major release, the core maintainers will create a branch. All work on that branch, including bug fixes and minor enhancements from both the volunteers and the core maintainers, will be coordinated and maintained by the community volunteers.
If you would like to be a community volunteer with the appropriate permissions to control a branch, please contact us at discuss at idpy.org.
Should we add this to any other repository? pyFF? pyOP?