The true awakening of XMPP

2016 is definitely the year of the awakening of XMPP. It is already mid-year, but here is what happened already, and what we can do next.

Matthew Wild: non-tech requirements

At the FOSDEM 2016 and XMPP Summit 19, Matthew Wild, lead developer of Prosody, pushed the XMPP community into « Exploring the non-technical requirements of open communication« , which lead to the creation of a very small website (although unmaintained), but still a very strong initiative: modernxmpp.org. As an XSF Council member, Matthew opened up minds with this thinking out of the box.

Nicolas Vérité: 3 generations of IM

I did my part, by contributing to the wake up call, with « The state of XMPP and instant messaging, The awakening« , followed by « Welcome to the third generation of Instant Messaging! » part 1 (1st and 2nd gen of IM) and part 2 (3rd gen of IM, synthesis matrix), and « 3 gens of IM, next steps for XMPP« . I believe this had its positive effects as well, as some items were actively discussed forward at the XMPP Summit 20 (hosted by Atlassian, makers of the 3rd gen IM HipChat, based on XMPP), and the feedback from the nice guys of Tigase said: « The most prevalent topic at the summit was the future of XMPP communication, and how it can fit into the third generation of instant messaging. ».

Daniel Gultsch: mobile XMPP

Daniel Gultsch, lead developer of Conversations.im Android client, has written a thought-provoking piece on « The State of Mobile XMPP in 2016« , pointing at strengths and weaknesses, and debunking some misunderstanding.

Georg Lukas: easy XMPP

Today, it is Georg Lukas, pointing out « Easy XMPP« , with « Easy Onboarding » and « Easy Roster Invitations« . To quote Georg, « After reflecting upon all these things though I must say that I am surprised how much low-hanging fruit we’ve ignored over the last decade or so ».

Outcome?

It is clear that these many wake up calls have echoed with each other. We have quite a clear path, that may need a little refinement. Now it is a matter of priorities and formalisation, given the limited resources we have…

Is it time we start to write a vision statement and a roadmap for the next 6 to 12 months?

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Recovered trust and motivation on XMPP and RTC

After the XMPP Summit and the FOSDEM in Brussels this week-end (on Thu 28 + Fri 29 and Sat 30 + Sun 31), I can now expose and share my feelings.

Having been an XMPP evangelist for many years, at some point I simply lacked motivation and belief. Since I was hired at Erlang Solutions as a Product Owner for the MongooseIM XMPP server, I met a highly competent and clever team. I was wondering since, if I should wear again my promoter hat. Now I know.

At the XMPP Summit, a lot of discussions took place, and we definitely say we have moved one strong step forward (MIX, E2E, simpler reconnection). It has been a highly productive edition, with applied core values, such as openness, ownership and responsibility.

At the FOSDEM, three interesting talks took place

  • Daniel Pocock on network effect, and basic requirements, plus the probable freertc initiative (non-XMPP-specific)
  • Matthew Wild’s on probable modernxmpp initiative to reach masses beyond techies
  • My talk, on the three generations of IM, our own trough of disillusionment, and the clean up we need to make

If you allow me to enlarge the view outside the XMPP world:

  • The SIP community might suffer some similar illness and trough of disillusionment
  • The WebRTC is trendy but lacks features and implementations, such as signalling, for which there is still no open standard
  • Overall, the RTC communities want to to change the landscape of Real Time communications, making it more open, decentralised, privacy, security, and free/libre

I believe we have here the basis of renewal, with some initiatives that need to include a larger crowd for more feedback, in order to build a real vision.

Can you please participate in this little poll?

XMPP Summit and FOSDEM in Brussels

This Thursday 28th and Friday 29th of January 2016, it is the 19th XMPP Summit, that will be held in Brussels, and I will be there Erlang Solutions, especially with Michal Piotrowski, the tech lead of MongooseIM.

XMPP, aka Jabber

This Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st, it is the FOSDEM. I will give a talk, in the Real-Time devroom: « The state of XMPP and instant messaging, The awakening« .

Exciting XMPP news of the world!

Lots of news this week!

SPIRIT DSP released VideoMost SDK 5.0 for mobile videoconferencing service providers

VideoMost uses XMPP for signalling.

node-xmpp-core 5.0

The node-xmpp project has released node-xmpp-core 5.0.

xmppbot in PHP

xmppbot is a client for the Laravel PHP framework.

How to Chat on Livecoding.tv Using an External XMPP Client

livecoding.tv has explained in a blog post how to live chat on top of coding streams.

Roundup of the IM in Firefoex OS (french)

The french-speaking Firefox OS community has released an interesting and insightful article (in french, sorry) about the Instant Messaging apps in Firefox OS.

Do you want to read it in automated, approximately translated version?

Movim has tags

The excellent XMPP-based social network has now received the new tagging feature:

MongooseIM 1.6 is available

Check out the blog post for all the infos: MongooseIM 1.6: Riak, DevOps love, and so much more!

PBX-versie has XMPP

voipcenter.be has released version 6.0.10 of the cloud PBX, with XMPP integration, for presence and signalling.

 

Crowdfunding XMPP

Do you want to help XMPP?

Want a decentralized, encrypted, Free (as in freedom) “social” app on Android and desktop ?

The « Salut à Toi » project says:

 

Please contribute!

You can go to the crowdfunding platform, and give money to: Libervia- Ethical and Free (Libre) social network.

XMPP News! HabaHaba, Beaux Boulons, Paranoid, WP.com, DreamHost, Fastmail, Fedora

Here are the new news of XMPP!

HabaHaba.im, did you know?

The habahaba.im online service is described in the wiki:  features, sceenshots, and video. The source code is available: https://github.com/jbinary/habahaba-js. Thanks to Sergey Dobrov!

Habahaba.im frontpage Habahaba.im-frontpage

Habahaba.im chat Habahaba.im-chat

XMPP presentation: the protocole the revolutionises internet

The « Atelier des Beaux Boulons » is a non-profit FabLab in Auxerre, France, and they presente XMPP, here is the proof:

XMPP For Paranoid People

_NSAKEY has published:

The presentation « XMPP For Paranoid People » (instructive) has an 8-bits design! ;-)

The WordPress dot com bot

Did you know that xmpp:bot@im.wordpress.com notifies you via XMPP of all the comments on your WordPress.com blog?

How to send Jabber (XMPP) messages from Django

Alex Morozov blogged this:

simple Django notification bot.

DreamHost October Newslettery: What’s That Feature?

The WTF of DreamHost: « What’s that feature? It’s XMPP!« . This points to their wiki.

Fastmail : Shutting down our XMPP chat service

Fastmail closes their XMPP server on the 31st of January 2016. Sad.

Building teams around SIP and XMPP in Debian and Fedora

Daniel Pocock tries to reproduce the Debian experience, but this time at Fedora.

Do you like these news?

Some news of the XMPP universe

The XMPP universe is still alive. Some may have forgotten too quickly. Here are some fresh items.

XMPP and SIP together on debian.org!

In this article: « debian.org RTC: announcing XMPP, SIP presence and more », Daniel Pocock says:

The Debian Project now has an XMPP service available to all Debian Developers. Your Debian.org email identity can be used as your XMPP address.

It is based on Prosody.im! Congrats!

Debian Debian

jabberd2 is alive!

Tomasz Sterna releases  (minor) version de jabberd2, the XMPP server, written in C, under the GPL licence!

The changes:

  • Rewrite TLS ephemeral key + cipher handling
  • Recover Berkeley DB before opening it
  • bcrypt support for PostgreSQL
  • Option to set authreg module per realm
  • AuthReg ANONYMOUS does not offer password check
  • Answer to disco#info queries to user JID
  • WebSocket C2S SX plugin

The force awakens? Huh… sorry.

Zombie Hack services, not bad

Zombie Hack offers some collaboration services: open, standards, and open source:

  • XMPP, what else?
  • IRC
  • Etherpad
  • Soon ownCloud

converse.js in version 0.10.0

The free and open source web XMPP client converse.js is delivered in version 0.10.0, under MPL license:

This release drops CSS support for IE8 and IE9.

  • #459 Wrong datatype passed to converse.chatboxes.getChatBox. [hobblegobber, jcbrand]
  • #493 Roster push fix [jcbrand]
  • #403 emit an event rosterPush when a roster push happens [teseo]
  • #502. Chat room not opened in non_amd version. [rjanbiah]
  • #505 Typo caused [object Object] in room info [gromiak]
  • #508 « Is typing » doesn’t automatically disappear [jcbrand]
  • #509 Updated Polish translations [ser]
  • #510 MUC room memberlist is being cleared with page reload when keepalive option is set. [jcbrand]
  • Add the ability to also drag-resize chat boxes horizontally. [jcbrand]
  • Updated Sass files and created a new style. [jcbrand]

Thanks JC Brand!

Hacker News

Hacker News has recently covered XMPP:

XMPP For Paranoid People

_NSAKEY has published:

The presentation « XMPP For Paranoid People » (instructive) has a 8-bits design! ;-)

XMPP is alive!

XMPP might not be trendy anymore, we are in a local minima:

This will go back to normal, soon.