[jdev] The future of Jabber/XMPP?

Gao Deng gaodengming at gmail.com
Wed Jul 14 21:08:30 CDT 2010


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On Sun, Jul 11, 2010 at 6:54 AM, Matthew Wild <mwild1 at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 10 July 2010 22:39, Yves Goergen <nospam.list at unclassified.de> wrote:
> > Hi there,
> >
> > Today I noticed that there hasn't been an update to the Openfire Jabber
> > server in more than 14 months, where 2007 and 2008 have been very active
> > years. There's still a lot of open issues in the project. In the past
> > years, a few Jabber projects (like legacy IM gateways or PHP libraries)
> > have fallen asleep for indefinite time. The Psi developers push
> > long-desired features further and further into the future while the
> > Linux package downloads fall behind in versions. (Currently their
> > website it only half available.)
> >
>
> In the land of open-source, projects always have their ups and downs,
> projects are always dying, or going into auto-pilot, but new projects
> are always starting. You can have a hand in each of these :)
>
> > Sometime in the last decade I saw a more or less great momentum towards
> > open IM standards, with Google Talk and GMX/web.de introducing XMPP
> > services or Apple iChat supporting the protocol. Recently, Facebook also
> > joined the club (without s2s AFAIK), but I have the vague impression
> > that the whole thing slowly falls asleep. There hasn't been real great
> > leaps in the near past, or did I just miss them?
>
> I think you missed them. XMPP seems to me stronger than ever, in the
> IM space, but it is also doing surprisingly well in the non-IM
> use-cases, where XMPP has turned out to be a very viable platform on
> which to build all kinds of realtime data-pushing apps.
>
> I started the Prosody project a year or two back, and we now have a
> strong community, growing all the time. People are joining us all the
> time, whether from other inactive servers, from non-XMPP IM platforms
> or because they are looking to build new services powered by XMPP.
>
> Depending on where you're viewing from, progress can look slow or
> inexistent. However such is always the way, XMPP was never going to
> take over the world overnight (though I never stop believing it may,
> it helps :) ). It takes time for people already accustomed to the
> "old" ways to invest development time and effort into implementing or
> switching existing infrastructure to use XMPP - so take-up always
> appears to be slow.
>
> Anyway, as I said further up... whether and how well XMPP continues to
> meet its goals is up to you, me, and everyone else on this list. If
> you're a developer, find a project and get contributing, if you aren't
> then there are still other ways to help in the mission, see the
> relatively new communications team for example:
> http://xmpp.org/xsf/teams/communication/
>
> Regards,
> Matthew
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