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OpenSales.org: Jabbering with Jabber

Aug 20, 2000, 23:58 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Arne Flores)

[ Thanks to Karen Korinetz for this link. ]

"There are so many new technologies being developed in the computer industry that writing about them could be a career. Such a career could quickly settle into the mundane if it weren't for the standouts."

"Jabber.com, Inc. were at the O'Reilly Open Source Software Conference in Monterey showing off their new instant messaging system. People were taking notice. This had all the elements of a good story. Breaking through a log-jam in the political mine field of Internet instant messaging alone would have qualified the Jabber story as compelling. Additionally, Jabber instantiates the classic free software development model. At the open source conference I spoke with Jeremie Miller, the soft-spoken founder of Jabber.org and Thomas Muldowney, one of Jabber's young software engineers."

"As many of the free software pioneers before him, Jeremie Miller founded the Jabber project to scratch an itch: to resolve the problem of communicating between incompatible instant messaging systems. Before the introduction of Jabber it was difficult to send messages from vendor A's client to vendor B's client. To make matters worse, at least one vendor had a habit of changing protocols to break competitor's clients. When Jeremie Miller hit the scene in early 1998 nobody had capitalized on this market. As Jeremie related the story, a small Perl script coded by a friend served as the impetus to action."

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