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AOL Opens AIM for Open Source

Mar 05, 2008, 23:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

"Among the major changes in Open AIM 2.0 is the fact that AOL is now providing open documentation on its core OSCAR protocol (Open System for CommunicAtion in Realtime), which powers AIM. Previously, open source instant messaging client implementations of OSCAR had to reverse-engineer the protocol instead of simply using a documented protocol.

"'Our protocols continue to evolve over time and reverse engineering is a hard way to stay up to date with all the changes,' Greg Cypes, principal software engineer on AOL AIM, told InternetNews.com.

"There is, however, a catch..."

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