[jdev] Potential partner for server development?

Jochen Wolters jochen at polytropia.com
Sun Sep 5 04:34:10 CDT 2004

Reading the comments on this list about ISPs deploying Jabber servers 
got me thinking, especially the point about ease-of-setup of the 
server. Why not try to get a commercial company on-board to help us a 
gain a bit of momentum with Jabber development:

Apple already uses the Jabber protocol for its 
Rendezvous/ZeroConf-based peer-to-peer chat in its iChat AV client. 
They have also officially announced that Mac OS X Server 10.4 "Tiger" 
will include a Jabber-enabled "iChat Server:"

"Based on the open source Jabber project, the new iChat server in Tiger 
Server lets your company protect its internal communications by 
defining its own namespace, and use SSL/TLS encryption to ensure 
privacy. The iChat server works with both the iChat client in Mac OS X 
Tiger and popular open source clients available for Windows, Linux and 
even PDAs."


Since their web browser Safari also "draws on KHTML and KJS software 
from the KDE open source project," I'd assume that Apple will not build 
their Jabber server from scratch.


IMHO both Apple and the Jabber community would benefit if there was a 
collaboration here: Apple may help improve the server code (whatever 
server they may use) and promote the Jabber brand; also, providing a 
fully XMPP compliant (as certified or endorsed by the JSF), 
easy-to-configure and stable server would help them market the Xserve 
machines as the perfect "plug-in-and-go" IM solution for small to 
medium-sized businesses like creative agencies that mostly use Apple 
products anyway.

Possibly, this will not generate the same mindshare for Jabber that a 
collaboration with an ISP would provide, but, then again, Apple is 
known for its marketing (and hype ;) ) savvy, so it would be nice if 
Jabber could benefit from their brand name "shine" a bit.

So, I wonder: has the JSF contacted Apple about such a collaboration in 
any way?



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