[Foundation] I wish there was no Foundation

Julian Missig julian at jabber.org
Fri Jun 29 01:23:55 CDT 2001


On 28 Jun 2001 21:42:19 -0400, Adam Theo wrote:
> after some quick thinking, i have to agree completely with you. i don't 
> see how it is neccessary for jabber.com to use the reasources to build a 
> seperate server. i think it would be perfectly logical and reasonable to 
> pool our efforts on one server (open source), and let jabber.com sell it 
> (with full support, installation, etc, ) to corporations and other big 
> institutions that are wary  towards open source or free stuff.

I would have to disagree. If Jabber is going to get any acceptance
whatosever, the *server-side* has to have several implementations. You
can make specific implementations for specific purposes... one for
corporate behind-the-firewall environments... one for open source users
to muck around with... one for local multiplexing... whatever.
Basically, there needs to be several reimplementations from scratch by
different people. It forces many people to go over the protocols and
make sure they're clear enough and standardized enough. 

Yes, duplication of effort is bad, but I'd rather have several servers
built for several different tasks with the knowledge that many people
have approved of the protocols in place instead of having certain pieces
only implemented by one person ever, thus leading to uncertainty in the
protocol.

There are going to be more server implementations, this is a fact of
life. In the end, they may all begin sharing components or even taking
code from one another, but I really don't think it's such a Bad Thing at
this stage in Jabber's life.

The whole point of an open standard is that anyone can write an
implementation, right?

Julian
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