[Foundation] Position Paper

Dave Smith dizzyd at jabber.org
Thu Jul 25 23:34:00 CDT 2002

Excuse me, but is there any need for us to even vote on whether or not 
Jer will be on the council???



On Thursday, July 25, 2002, at 03:46 , Jeremie wrote:

> The most valuable thing I figured I could offer in my position paper is 
> an
> overview of what I plan on doing over the next year, both in the 
> protocol
> and software worlds:
> Software Work (most of these are intertwined and share code in some way)
>   o) jabberd - Maintenance fixes to 1.4.x, but the focus is mostly the 
> new
> codebase of 1.5+ maturing into a solid 2.0 release.  Some of the key
> things I want out of this next-gen server is a much more "hackable"
> codebase, better modularity and APIs, easier set-up and administration,
> portability and i18n.
>   o) server-to-server - A solid, compact, portable, and extremely easy 
> to
> use/integrate set of C files that implement s2s and can be packaged or
> built into anything (help grow the "network" and make it easier to add
> jabber functionality to server-like and service stuff).
>   o) Amber - Something I've talked about and want to finally prototype,
> building a special purpose jabber server that is entirely based on IMAP,
> so that when you point this at any IMAP server it exposes Jabber
> functionality to clients based on IMAP (auth, roster storage, 
> rudimentary
> things).  Something an ISP could just turn on to demonstrate Jabber
> functionality for their users with zero set-up.
>   o) http/wcs - Updating the 1.4 http/wcs functionality for the 1.5
> codebase, promoting it's functionality a bit more and supporting some of
> the newer http related things (polling, xmlrpc, soap gateways, etc).
>   o) mod_jabber - Working on the Apache2 Jabber module again, making it
> actually usable and more than just a prototype.
>   o) JOSH - Reviving the old "Jabber On SHell" project, integrating 
> jabber
> functionality into a unix system and fully accessible via the shell.
>   o) zeroconf/rendezvous/ichat - Experimenting with the new things from
> Apple and supporting LAN iChat functionality.
> Protocol Work
>   o) IETF - Continuing to work towards any standards process around the
> IETF and Jabber concerning the core protocol documented best in the
> current drafts.
>   o) SASL - Bolstering the SASL support, not just for c2s but also s2s 
> and
> components, a unified authentication mechanism.
>   o) TLS/SSL - Enabling encrypted s2s connections, and the ability to do
> cert auth between domains.
>   o) jabber:x:data - Many cool possibilities here that need to be
> demonstrated and integrated more fully into the architecture.
>   o) Message Management - Moving beyond the JEP-13 style message access
> into a full remote message management style functionality.
>   o) Headers - An important level of functionality that enables a set of
> new server and client features, particularly client-driven multi-party
> chats, as well as mailing-list style services.
>   o) Next-Gen protocol - Building on the ideas from mlin, beep, and 
> things
> learned in experimenting with xatp, working towards a solid 
> understanding
> of what Jabber needs to improve upon at it's lowest layers.
>   o) Client Guidelines - A common set of tips, tricks, hints, and
> guidelines for Client authors that might not get the info anywhere else.
> There's lots more things things I think are cool, like pub/sub,
> calendaring, conferencing, and I might jump into them if I can find the
> time :)
> Jer
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