[Foundation] statement from the Board

Francesco Delfino pluto at tipic.com
Fri Aug 1 13:25:22 CDT 2003


+1

> -----Original Message-----
> From: members-admin at jabber.org [mailto:members-admin at jabber.org]On
> Behalf Of Russell Davis
> Sent: venerdì 1 agosto 2003 20.22
> To: members at jabber.org
> Subject: Re: [Foundation] statement from the Board
>
>
> I wholeheartedly agree with this and inparticular i've mentioned to
> others OOB that xmpp.org should at least point to the ietf docs, this
> would be much better. I do wonder on the accounting for the seperate
> sponsorship possibilities but i am sure it can be worked out.
>
> this statement is well worth the delays and personally i +1  it
> completly. I hope others agree.
>
> bst rgrds
> Russell
>
> On Fri, 2003-08-01 at 13:55, Peter Saint-Andre wrote:
> > The Board of Directors of the Jabber Software Foundation has agreed
> > on the following statement:
> >
> > ******
> >
> > August 1, 2003
> >
> > The JSF Board of Directors recognizes the concerns among some members of
> > the Jabber community that led to the recent proposal to remove the word
> > "Jabber" from the name of the organization. These include:
> >
> >    1. The desire to have an IM protocol, logos, compliance testing
> >    suites and marks, etc. that are not "encumbered" by the JABBER name,
> >    since that name is also used in the company name of Jabber, Inc.
> >    2. The desire to capitalize on standardization of the IM protocol
> >    developed by the Jabber community within the IETF's Applications
> >    Area under the name of XMPP.
> >    3. The need for clearer communication of the fact that the JSF
> >    is fully distinct from Jabber Inc.
> >    4. The need to complete the transfer of the JABBER trademark
> >    to the JSF.
> >
> > These concerns are legitimate. Indeed, even some members of the Board
> > voted for the name change. However, the fact that the name change
> > proposal was rejected does not mean that these concerns should not be
> > addressed. Addressing them is not only the right thing to do, but we
> > believe it will also help to lessen some of the existing tensions within
> > the community and create a structure in which everyone can contribute
> > and work together in building the protocol as well as associated
> > technologies, networks, and the community itself.
> >
> > Obviously much could be done to address these concerns: acceleration of
> > the trademark transfer work accomplished by the Board over the last 12
> > months, renaming of JEP-0073, improved wording on the JSF website, and
> > perhaps a different JSF logo. Those efforts are all valuable and should
> > be pursued. Above and beyond those efforts, the Board has concluded that
> > we need a framework for harnessing the contributions and energies of
> > those who for whatever reason are not comfortable with the Jabber
> > branding of the JSF. Ideally, such a framework should help to address
> > the core concerns of some community members, as well as capitalize on
> > the community's standardization efforts within the IETF.
> >
> > The proposed framework is as follows:
> >
> >    1. Inaugurate a website at xmpp.org devoted exclusively to
> >    documentation of XMPP-based protocols for instant messaging and
> >    presence.
> >    2. These protocols would include both relevant output from the
> >    IETF's XMPP WG and IM protocols developed through the JSF's
> >    normal standards process (e.g., multi-user chat and file
> >    transfer).
> >    3. Define a compliance testing program and certification
> >    mark for the XMPP protocols.
> >    4. Provide a directory of XMPP applications, software
> >    companies, and service providers.
> >    5. Enable sponsors to support only the JSF's xmpp.org
> >    activities if desired.
> >
> > The task of working out the details of such a framework will be pursued
> > by a dedicated working group within the JSF that will be led by a member
> > of the Board of Directors. Those details might include issues such as
> > organizational structure, protocol naming, branding for XMPP vs. Jabber,
> > and standards processes. The Board will resolve to create such a working
> > group if consensus can be reached on the proposed framework.
> >
> > Thank you.
> >
> > The Jabber Software Foundation Board of Directors:
> >
> > Michael Bauer (Chair)
> > Tony Bamonti
> > Ryan Eatmon
> > Jeremie Miller
> > Marco Palombi
> >
> > ******
> >
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