Liberty Liberates Users From Passport
In the real world, passports give people the liberty to travel the world. In the computer industry, liberty alliances are formed to get people to throw away their passports.In the real world, passports give people the liberty to travel the world. In the computer industry, liberty alliances are formed to get people to throw away their passports. Suns Liberty Alliance was set up in direct reaction to Microsofts Passport. The main goals of the alliance and Passport are to solve authentication problems for users logging on to Web services. The technologies, only parts of which have been developed, have two distinct but related purposes. For vendors and corporations, they verify that users are whom they claim to be. For consumers, they make it easier to log in to secure public Web sites, applications and any network resource created with Web services authentication in mind.
Suns success with the Liberty Alliance can be chalked up to the fear factorspecifically, the fear of Microsoft. Sun fears the company and is doing its best to make sure that its customers fear Microsoft as well. It seems to be working, because the alliance has managed to sign up some top-tier corporations, such as American Express, General Motors, eBay and Bank of America, "without even trying," said Suns chief strategy officer, Jonathan Schwartz.