The OpenSSO WAR Name Game

This information refers to the older OpenSSO downloads.

There are so many different web archive (WAR), Java archive (JAR), ZIP (ZIP) files and directories that you can browse and download from opensso that I have decided to put down in bits my take on them - what they are and why they differ. (I am not writing about the lesser-known files and directories - only the full product downloads that people, understandably, get confused about. Most of the other archive files are fully explained at the pages I linked to above.)

Of all the directories that you can browse,
  • amserver contains the access control & management related source code we are developing for Federated Access Manager 8.0. This includes, but is not limited to, authentication, policy, session, and auditing code. It was derived from the non-federation related features developed for Access Manager. This directory becomes part of the fam.war (now opensso.war).
  • federation contains all federation related source code. This code is derived from features developed for Federation Manager and the SAMLv2 plugin. The federation directory contains these subdirectories:
    • library can be downloaded as openfedclientsdk.jar. This can be used in a client application to communicate with an instance of OpenSSO. (I haven't been able to figure out if this directory is part of fam.war. Comment if you know.)
    • openfm contains the federation code we are developing for the 2008 release of Federated Access Manager 8.0. It can be downloaded as part of fam.war. Unlike the amserver directory, I don't believe openfm can be downloaded as a separate WAR. (Back in the day, fam.war was called openfm.war; it no longer is.)
Again, fam.war is comprised of code and files from both the amserver (opensso.war) and federation directories. It is the open source version of what one day will be branded by Sun Microsystems as Federated Access Manager. Download, install, and watch the developing ball bounce.

Now let's end with a tip o' the hat to the originator of The Name Game. Here she is...the rockin' Shirley Ellis. Everyone do The Pony!!

Comments:

Yes, somebody in that crowd is surely Mom or Dad to one of those responsible for our product names. You can tell by how stiff they are when they dance.

Posted by Mark Craig on November 14, 2007 at 03:36 AM PST #

That's good you are clarifying things a bit around opensso war name!
The multiple download areas are reflecting also this confusion.
Is the term term opensso download still appropriate? Is it refering to amserver, openfm, or fam? There are too many of them. There should be an unambigus place where you get the full and consistent set (server, SDKs and agents) of the ongoing dev. For instance, let's imagine a user lands on the home page to download the latest stable built of the forthcoming fam 8.0 release with the agents and SDKs. Where / how does he get it in few clicks?

Posted by Patrick Petit on November 14, 2007 at 07:07 PM PST #

Thanks Patrick. I'm trying. I noticed a few things since I posted this that still didn't make sense. I hope to clarify them and update this entry with new information.

Posted by DocTeger on November 14, 2007 at 11:20 PM PST #

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