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-===== Jabber ​compatible applications ​=====+====== What is Jabber=====
 +Jabber is now officially called '​XMPP'​. I prefer to call it Jabber as the name is much friendly than XMPP.
-  * Jitsi: available for LinuxMac OS X, Windows +Jabber is a decentralized instant messaging (IM) servicemeaning that there is no central server regulating it's use.
-  * Pidgin: available for Windows +
-  * Adium: available for Mac OS X +
-  * Gibberbot: Available for Android +
-  * Chatsecure: available for Apple iOS+
 +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 connection) via a central server. ​
 +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.
 +==== 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 -,​, Jabber accounts can communicate the same way these e-mail addresses can , server to server.
 +There are [[https://​​directory.php|many Jabber servers available which provide free access]] to people who want to create a Jabber account.
 +=== Can you recommend a Jabber server to use? ===
 +This is a difficult question. Personally I use The only recommendation I would make **is to not use GTalk**, as Google have removed the server-to-server feature from GTalk.
 +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 ​
 +==== 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. ​
 +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.
 +(This is an extract from the [[https://​​wiki/​XMPP|Wikipedia article on XMPP]].)
 +===== What software do I need to use Jabber? =====
 +Good question! Here is a list of software applications that support Jabber accounts.
 +  * [[https://​​|Jitsi]]:​ available for Linux, Mac OS X, Windows
 +  * [[http://​​|Pidgin]]:​ available for Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, and sourcecode
 +  * [[http://​​|Adium]]:​ available for Mac OS X
 +  * [[https://​​apps/​chatsecure/​|Chatsecure]]:​ Available for Android. (Previously called GibberBot)
 +  * [[https://​​about|Chatsecure]]:​ available for Apple iOS
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