[Members] Google Summer of Code 2014 - Should the XSF Apply?

Dave Cridland dave at cridland.net
Fri Nov 29 14:35:56 UTC 2013

On Thu, Nov 28, 2013 at 5:26 PM, Arc Riley <arcriley at gmail.com> wrote:

> Freenode uses their own IRCd with their own non-standards-compliant server
> to server protocol.  From my previous discussions with the developers they
> wouldn't want a 3rd party MUC service linking to their network because
> they'd lose direct control.  They'd want it directly supported by their
> servers running the same code so the same policies apply regardless to
> whether you're using IRC or XMPP.
> Freenode isn't EFnet, and yea Freenode isn't a "IRC network" in the
> traditional sense, its a network that happens to use IRC, and that's
> exactly why its a great target for XMPP.  Flip a coin, Rob Levin (lilo)
> could have just as easily picked XMPP MUC for the initial  deployment.
> While Rob is no longer with us, the people running the network do so in
> his vision.  I think we could do this.
I think that doing so could be very good for XMPP in general - projects
don't, currently, use XMPP, and I'm not really sure there's much better
reasoning that Freenode being good enough, and simple inertia. If we could
break that and lessen the cost of transition, it'd really help.

Opening up Freenode to XMPP-S2S would also be very interesting, too (ie,
letting people join Freenode chatrooms from their own XMPP account).

I'd be inclined to say that anything we (as in XSF) can do to work on this
would be worthwhile.

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