[jdev] MUC through IRC

Carlo v. Loesch CvL at mail.symlynX.com
Fri Oct 27 08:55:30 CDT 2006

Here's some more advertisement for stuff already done..

Andreas Monitzer wrote:
| IRC supports server clusters, for example, freenode consists of 18  
| servers (plus/minus a few), which are all interconnected, and you  
| don't notice what server you're using (unless it crashes of course).
| What if you would just write an IRC server that connects to this  
| cluster, and instead of offering IRC to the user, offers an MUC  
| service? You would only need a single connection to the IRC servers,  
| and the XMPP protocol users wouldn't be second class.
| Your server is the first step into this direction, which is great!

Not exactly a first step since psyced has been doing it for a couple of years now, with increasing reliability. I wanted to let you know that the next step is also done and about to go on air:

There's an experimental gateway which connects to an IRC network as a server and gateways PRIVMSG between IRC and Jabber/PSYC. IRC users are given full addresses in the federation network and federation users are shown on IRC with a URL syntax. It currently only provides for 1-1 messaging, support for presence and entering channels is in progress. You need to apply some patches to the involved irc daemons, but the patches are pretty harmless.

In essence this software solution allows you to type '/msg xmpp:user at server.tld hello' on all IRC networks willing to open up for this. ircnet users become available as xmpp:nick at ircnet.tld to the XMPP network.

See also http://about.psyc.eu/Gateway

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