Archive for the 'Jabber' Category

Which distribution on Thinkpads: really the good question to ask?

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

After Dell, Lenovo decided to ask users which Linux distribution they should put on Thinkpads. Seriously, who cares? If I buy a laptop that comes with Linux pre-installed, my first step would be to reinstall it from scratch, exactly like with a laptop with Windows pre-installed. Because the choices that were made wouldn’t match mine […]

Jabber clients and OS usage stats (3)

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

Using XMPP4R, I did some stats about Jabber clients usage on the Apinc Jabber server, which hosts,, and many more using virtual hosting. I already did similar stats in March 2006 and September 2005. The poll was done by sending jabber:iq:version to online users, around 1:00 PM (french local time, most of the […]

Efficient key signing

Monday, February 26th, 2007

I just finished signing all the keys from the FOSDEM KSP. Importing keys I received: Mutt is nice. You can tag all messages with ‘t’, then use ‘;’ (tag-prefix) and ^K (Ctrl + K) to import all signatures. (Thanks Myon + sam for the tip) Signing keys: caff (featured on debaday last week) has some […]

Discussion about moving Ubuntu IRC channels to Jabber

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

The Ubuntu GNU/Linux distribution is using IRC channels as a central place for its development. This week-end, Samir van de Sand proposed to move from IRC to Jabber on the ubuntu-devel@ mailing list. A discussion started, with lots of good arguments on both sides, and Samir started a specification summarizing its proposal. Archives for the […]

Unintrusive Instant Messaging

Sunday, October 1st, 2006

Most IM clients have a big problem: they seem to think they are the most important application on the desktop, or that their users always consider IM as top priority. Problem is, some users don’t! It would be great if IM clients where dealing better with two use cases : Joe is working intensively on […]

Random chat using XMPP/Jabber, anyone ?

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

A Random Chat applet hit digg recently. It allows you to chat with a random stranger visiting the website at the same time as you. It’s a good idea, but it would really be much better to have something similar based on Jabber (and maybe it could become a Jabber killer app’ ?) Some thoughts: […]

Of bounties, donations and summers of code influence on volunteer participation

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

Stuff like the Google Summer of Code, the GNOME Women’s Summer Outreach Program 2006, the Sourceforge donations system, or Dunc-Tank (an experiment to see how targeted fund raising can improve Debian) are generally considered a good ideas. However, experiments have shown that sometimes, paying volunteers decreases the overall participation. Luis Villa wrote about this a […]

XMPP4R 0.3 Released !

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

Stephan Maka announced that XMPP4R 0.3, the new version of the XMPP/Jabber library for Ruby, was released very early this morning. From the announcement : XMPP4R is a Ruby library for the Jabber/XMPP instant messaging protocol. Version 0.3 brings a lot of new features and fixes. The release has been delayed by a redesign process, […]

Jabber clients and OS usage stats (2)

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006