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 ====== What is Jabber? ====== ====== What is Jabber? ======
- +Jabber is now officially called '​XMPP'​. I prefer to call it Jabber as the name is much friendly than XMPP.
-First thing to mention is that Jabber is now officially called '​XMPP'​. I prefer to continue calling ​it Jabber as the name is much friendly than XMPP. +
  
 Jabber is a decentralized instant messaging (IM) service, meaning that there is no central server regulating it's use. Jabber is a decentralized instant messaging (IM) service, meaning that there is no central server regulating it's use.
  
-This differs ​from popular proprietary IM protocols such as AIM, ICQ, MSN Messenger, and Yahoo Messenger, which all must communicateor at least establish a connectionvia a central server. A Jabber user who wants to send a message to another user contacts his own XMPP server, which relays the message to the recipient'​s server. Only then is the message pushed to the recipient'​s client+This is different ​from popular proprietary IM protocols such as AIM, ICQ, MSN Messenger, and Yahoo Messenger, which all must communicate ​(or at least establish a connectionvia a central server. ​
  
-==== Why don't all jabber accounts look the same? ====+Jabber uses a feature called server-to-server communications. A Jabber user who wants to send a message to another user contacts his own XMPP server, which relays ​the message to the recipient'​s server.
  
-For this reason, Jabber addresses mimic email addresses, with each part of the address serving the same purpose as it's counterpart in an email address. ​Also for this reason, ​Jabber IM accounts can "​look"​ different - there is no "​@jabber."​ syntax. ​This can lead to some confusion as to what is a Jabber account+==== Why don't all jabber accounts look the same? ==== 
 +For this reason, Jabber addresses mimic email addresses, with each part of the address serving the same purpose as it's counterpart in an email address. Jabber IM accounts can "​look"​ different - there is no "​@jabber."​ syntax. ​Think of the differences with e-mail addresses - @hotmail.com,​ @gmail.com, @ei8fdb.org. Jabber accounts ​can communicate the same way these e-mail addresses can , server ​to server.
  
 There are [[https://​xmpp.net/​directory.php|many Jabber servers available which provide free access]] to people who want to create a Jabber account. There are [[https://​xmpp.net/​directory.php|many Jabber servers available which provide free access]] to people who want to create a Jabber account.
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 +=== Can you recommend a Jabber server to use? ===
 +This is a difficult question. Personally I use jabber.ccc.de. The only recommendation I would make **is to not use GTalk**, as Google have removed the server-to-server feature from GTalk.
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 +This means GTalk users are not able to communicate with people using other Jabber servers. This is the same as Google not allowing people with GMail accounts to communicate via e-mail with friends using Hotmail, or Yahoo, or ei8fdb.org. ​
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 ==== Give me some technical information about Jabber, or XMPP ==== ==== Give me some technical information about Jabber, or XMPP ====
 +Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) is a communications protocol for message-oriented middleware based on XML (Extensible Markup Language). The protocol was originally named Jabber, and was developed by the Jabber open-source community in 1999 for near real-time, instant messaging (IM), presence information,​ and contact list maintenance. ​
  
-Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) is a communications protocol for message-oriented middleware based on XML (Extensible Markup Language).[1] The protocol was originally named Jabber,[2] and was developed by the Jabber open-source community in 1999 for near real-time, instant messaging (IM), presence information,​ and contact list maintenance. ​Designed to be extensible, the protocol has also been used for publish-subscribe systems, signalling for VoIP, video, file transfer, gaming, Internet of Things applications such as the smart grid, and social networking services.+Designed to be extensible, the protocol has also been used for publish-subscribe systems, signalling for VoIP, video, file transfer, gaming, Internet of Things applications such as the smart grid, and social networking services.
  
-===== Jabber ​compatible applications ​=====+(This is an extract from the [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​XMPP|Wikipedia article on XMPP]].) 
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 +===== What software do I need to use Jabber===== 
 +Good question! Here is a list of software applications that support Jabber accounts.
  
   * [[https://​jitsi.org/​|Jitsi]]:​ available for Linux, Mac OS X, Windows   * [[https://​jitsi.org/​|Jitsi]]:​ available for Linux, Mac OS X, Windows
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   * [[https://​guardianproject.info/​apps/​chatsecure/​|Chatsecure]]:​ Available for Android. (Previously called GibberBot)   * [[https://​guardianproject.info/​apps/​chatsecure/​|Chatsecure]]:​ Available for Android. (Previously called GibberBot)
   * [[https://​chatsecure.org/​about|Chatsecure]]:​ available for Apple iOS   * [[https://​chatsecure.org/​about|Chatsecure]]:​ available for Apple iOS
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