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Kuro5hin: Jabber and the Open Source Community

May 21, 2000, 18:16 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Jabber is an Open Source instant messaging system which I feel is very important for the entire community. I do not say that it is vital for the entire community, but if it is successful, I believe it will help improve the general public's impression of Open Source."

"The core idea behind Jabber is to have an instant messaging protocol which is extensible enough to work with many other IM protocols transparently. Two years ago, XML quickly entered Jeremie Miller's mind as an easy way to achieve this. One kuro5hin user asked how this fits into JWZ's ideas for unity of interface, and when looked at this way, Jabber clearly unifies all of the protocols it supports under a single protocol, so to clients, every protocol (ICQ, AIM, Yahoo!, MSN, and even IRC) is exactly the same."

"How does Jabber do this? Jabber, like all major internet services (smtp, http, etc.) is not bound to a single server. Anyone can run a server, and all of the servers can talk to one another. A JabberID consists of user@server, just like email. The major insight Jeremie had was that all translation between protocols should be done by the server, instead of other multiple protocol solutions, which rely upon the client to do everything. This way, a client just has to support Jabber and the ability to register with other protocols."

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