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Re: Please try expo.debian.net -- a replacement for mentors.debian.net

On Wed, 27 Jul 2011, Ben Finney wrote:

Asheesh Laroia <asheesh@asheesh.org> writes:

Debexpo is a replacement for http://mentors.debian.net/. I hereby
request testers! It is of "beta" quality -- I think it works fully and
has enough features to replace mentors.debian.net.

Like many people, I have far too many online credentials already. Signing up to a new service with new site-specific credentials is a barrier to entry.

What hope is there for this new service to make use of existing credentials from mentors.debian.net?

There are a few major options:

1) Import the mentors.debian.net authentication data

2) Integrate OpenID logins, so you can use existing credentials (e.g. Google Account, your own personal OpenID,

3) Just use a silly password like 'password'

4) See if DSA will create a central authentication web thing, which they are considering (called Shibboleth)

5) Login by asking you to GPG-sign a random message generated by the backend

I'm open to other ideas.

One difficulty for this is that I don't plan to write much new code for debexpo -- just enough to get it to the point where it can replace mentors.debian.net. But if we come to a community decision about how we want login to work, and specify it well, I think we can find the energy to build it.

-- Asheesh.

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