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Subject: RE: [saml-dev] Which version to use?

Beach, Michael C wrote on 11/8/2004, 6:53 PM:

 > Just to emphasize Irving's point.  The Liberty Alliance states no more
 > work will be done on ID-FF because it has been turned over to OASIS.  I
 > don't mean this in a derogatory way, but ID-FF is effectively a "dead
 > end".  Yes it works, yes it was quality work, yes it benefited the
 > industry, but I personally don't see why a new project would consider
 > using ID-FF over SAMLv2 (unless you are deploying NOW and need concrete
 > stable standards NOW).  The future along this path is SAMLv2.

What you say about the future is absolutely true.

However, for those intending to interact with other existing services
at this time (for example, people who would want to work with Orange's
identity federation implementation), the will need to implement ID-FF.

If I was starting with a clean sheet, I would agree with you that
SAML 2.0 is the way to go.  If I'm concerned with working with existing
implementations at least in the relatively near future, I would do
ID-FF (and SAML 2.0 now, or in the near future).

The key is timeframe and interoperability that you need to support.


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