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Linux Journal: Talking Jabber

May 10, 2000, 08:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Doc Searls)

"When I first heard about Jabber, it blew my mind. I've always thought that what we call ``instant messaging'' is based on notions of real-time communication that are both rudimentary and ill-conceived. They all look like stuff that big, controlling companies foist on zillions of consumers for the purpose of hooking them into a proprietary environment where they can be zapped with advertising. Worse, they are not Net-based. They might run on the Net; but they are, with the single exception of IRC, private affairs. Until Jabber, there was no way to deploy instant messaging on the Net in the way we deploy e-mail or web servers. Nothing was truly open, and nothing was open source. Jabber is all that and more...."

"Jabber is still newer than new, which is to say it isn't out yet, although you can download it from Jabber.org and play with it--or better yet, jump in and help develop it. I've had fun talking with the Jabber people, and invite open-source developers to do the same. I'm very interested to see if you agree that this is an extremely auspicious movement: something on the scale of a Mosaic, a Sendmail, an Apache or maybe even a Linux."

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