[Standards] XMPP vs. Jabber

Fletcher, Boyd C. CIV US USJFCOM JFL J9935 Boyd.Fletcher at je.jfcom.mil
Thu Mar 8 19:19:02 UTC 2007

i agree. There was alot confusion in the community when Jabber is used. Does it refer to Jabber Inc, the Jabber Software Foundation, the protocol, all of the above?  Its also trademarked which i believe is owned by Jabber Inc. This confusion was rightfully casuing frustration with the other XMPP vendors.

In the US GOV, we have made great strides at getting XMPP adopted and we go to great lengths to make sure the correct protocol name is used.

-----Original Message-----
From: standards-bounces at xmpp.org on behalf of Chris Mullins
Sent: Thu 3/8/07 2:15 PM
To: XMPP Extension Discussion List
Subject: RE: [Standards] XMPP vs. Jabber
Andreas Monitzer Wrote:
> One of the Adium developers compared XMPP vs. Jabber to 
> email vs.  SMTP: When asking people on the street, close 
> to everybody will know what email is, but you'll have a 
> hard time finding somebody who knows what SMTP is 
> (even some computer science students don't know that).

That's not a very good analogy - email is a term (mostly) free of
corporate & trademark baggage. There's no company or product named

For example, imagine nobody used HTML or HTTP (way too geeky), but
instead it was "Internet Explorer" or "Internet Information Server".
Apache, Firefox, and others wouldn't be too happy about that. 

It still boils down to a corporate name / trademark issue. We're making
phenomenal progress with the renaming of Jabber to XMPP! There's no
reason to start heading the other way. 

Chris Mullins

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