So as you might be aware, on 18. May Micro Focus finally cuts us off
from their infra, and that obviously also means new account system. SUSE
is preparing something themselves, but from what has been relayed to us,
it doesn't fulfill all of our requirements. So we need your help in some
areas while we transition to our own solution.
We have deployed:
* FreeIPA, as a backend to all of the other systems internally
* Ipsilon, to provide us with sso capabilities to FreeIPA accounts
* Noggin, as a self-service portal, so people can register and modify
their FreeIPA accounts https://accounts.opensuse.org
(behind VPN for
now, just so we don't get any random people signing up)
The solution already works, albeit without the previous accounts, which
will be imported once we have recieved a cut-down dump of user data from
However to get there, we need your help with getting all of the
usernames of the users that ever logged into any and all openSUSE
services. This dump will be sent to SUSE and based on it we will recieve
the final dump which we will import into this system.
When all of the data is imported, we will send out password recovery
emails to all of the email addresses provided in the dump.
From the implementation perspective in the applications themselves,
there is mod_auth_mellon and mod_auth_openidc for the applications that
do not support SAML, OpenID or OpenID Connect themselves. We do
recommend using those technologies over mod_auth methods, but we are
also aware this is not always possible. For requesting the metadata
required to setup those methods, please email admin(a)opensuse.org and we
will get it to you as quickly as possible. Also email us in case of any
other issues, we will try our best to help you out as quickly as
We do welcome creating accounts and testing with the deployment, but
keep in mind all of the data there will be destroyed.
Depending on how ready we will be over the next few weeks, we will
switch when it will be convinient for all of us, but remember we are
actually not able to continue using Micro Focus' system after 18. May.
That's a hard, unmovable DEADline.
We have a nice new shining setup of forums that already is using the
system, and this will become the new forums, until we can figure out a
sane migration path to Discourse. Forums will have to be transferred
way earlier, and kept offline, since Provo migration is happening
alongside SUSE's switch to their new system and forums on 4. May. This
does mean depending on the speed at which we can implement solutions,
Forums might be offline for 2 weeks, which is unfortunate.
So, let us know what is most comfortable for you, and don't be afraid
to ask for any help, and we hope to get this show on the road before
it's too late.
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