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Re: webid on nginx?

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2012 14:00:59 -0400
Message-ID: <50084B5B.4030706@openlinksw.com>
To: public-xg-webid@w3.org
On 7/19/12 1:52 PM, elf Pavlik wrote:
> Excerpts from Kingsley Idehen's message of 2012-07-19 17:37:53 +0000:
>> On 7/19/12 1:24 PM, Henry Story wrote:
>>> On 19 Jul 2012, at 19:01, elf Pavlik wrote:
>>>> Excerpts from Ben Carrillo's message of 2012-01-24 23:03:25 +0000:
>>>>> El martes 24 de enero de 2012, elf Pavlik escribió:
>>>>>> I've heard while ago about some issues related to using webid with nginx
>>>>>> (even that it may not work for some reason).
>>>>> this thread might be relevant:
>>>>> http://forum.nginx.org/read.php?2,15584
>>>>> but let's wait to hear if there are some other experiences with that.
>>>> i just asked hellekin again on irc:
>>>> 16:52:50 hellekin elf-pavlik: I remember now the issue... Nginx has no mechanism to request a client SSL certificate
>>>>                    regardless of the CA. Instead it will check for a client certificate that matches the list of known CAs,
>>>>                    which renders WebID impractical
>>>> which looks like issue from this thread you have pointed... i assume than than no one running nginx can use webid at this moment? http://news.netcraft.com/archives/category/web-server-survey/
>>> Sounds like the kind of thing a good TLS hacker could fix.
>> Yes, and I don't see how Nginx deficiencies determine the utility or
>> practicality of WebID. We keep on forgetting that Linked Data Servers !=
>> Linked Document Servers.
> hi Kingsley, could you please elaborate more on this thought? i think in a simple way of helping with webid authentication for Ruby on Rails webapps (including diaspora), most of which people run behind nginx or apache. thx :)


Neither Apache nor Nginx == Linked Data Servers out of the box. For 
instance, you have to tweak Apace (via modules) in order for it to 
deliver Linked Data functionality.

For your community and/or target developer profile, there needs to be a 
feature enhancement contribution as already suggested by Henry. 
Otherwise, they can also use alternatives that are also open source and 
fully Linked Data and WebID aware, by default e.g., Virtuoso .



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