[Foundation] statement from the Board

Iain shigeoka iain at shigeoka.com
Fri Aug 1 14:02:40 CDT 2003


On Friday, Aug 1, 2003, at 11:39 US/Pacific, JD Conley wrote:

> You've got my vote on that proposal.
>
> Thank you for taking the membership's concerns into consideration and
> proposing a very objective and promising resolve.  Have a good 
> vacation.

+1 from me too.

-iain

> :)
>
> JD
>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Peter Saint-Andre [mailto:stpeter at jabber.org]
>> Sent: Friday, August 01, 2003 10:56 AM
>> To: members at jabber.org
>> Subject: [Foundation] statement from the Board
>>
>>
>> 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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