When we think about identity management in the open source space, two names immediately come to mind: Bandit and Higgins. Both are projects that we have kept an eye on since their inception, both are at least supported by Novell, and both were begun in response to Microsoft offerings. (Higgins was the open source response to Windows CardSpace, formerly known as InfoCard; Bandit was intended to circumvent the nearly defunct Microsoft Passport program.)
silicon.com reports today that backers of both projects are preparing for the upcoming RSA Security Conference, where they will debut an early version of an app that will interoperate with Microsoft's Windows CardSpace and allow Liberty Alliance-based identity federation. Microsoft worked with Higgins and Bandit programmers on the interoperability. In fact, a company spokesperson says Microsoft is pleased that the "open source community ... is delivering on the promise of interoperable identity."
A Higgins project lead points out that the interoperability to be demonstrated at the RSA conference is just a first step toward the 1.0 release of the Higgins Trusted Framework. Microsoft and the Liberty Alliance are just "examples of identity projects that we're interoperating and integrating with," she told silicon.com.
And, for now, it seems ID management is an example of another space in which Microsoft is willing to cooperate with open source.