"Last month, the Jabber Software Foundation (JSF) released
documentation for two extensions to the Jabber (XMPP) protocol,
named Jingle Signaling and Jingle Audio. On the same day,
Google--co-creators of the extensions--released a
BSD-style-licensed library called libjingle, the implementation of
the extensions that powers the company's Google Talk software. In
addition to opening the API used in Google Talk itself, both
actions will benefit open source instant messaging clients and
perhaps increase the pressure on closed systems like Skype.
"Jingle Signaling is Jabber Extension Proposal 0166, and makes
it possible to initiate and manage peer-to-peer sessions from
within an XMPP client, and to interface with SIP and H.323
services. Jingle replaces the session management functions of the
older Transport for Initiating and Negotiating Sessions (TINS)
protocol (JEP-0111), and implements Network Address Translation
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