KLUG Weekly Meeting Notes

Tuesday, November 08, 2005



Presented by Adam Tauno Williams

Adam might post his presentation notes in the near future:

Extensible Messaging Presence Protocol (XMPP)

Setting up an instant messaging service for your company or
organization is possible with Open Source XMPP software.

Adam Tauno Williams described how to install and configure
an XMPP server. He gave us general terminology and told
us how XMPP services work. Rather than have employees
using an outside service, Jive allows communication to be
limited to internal use only and provides an admin audit trail.
No advertising., no IM exploits, no outlaw broadcasts, no
worries… if you install your own secure IM service.

Adam gave us the background of XMPP, told us about its
evolution, and described the status of development projects.
He told us about the Jabber Foundation and Jive Software.
Open Source XMPP software is really useful for near real
time organizational communication.

Having presented once before on implementing XMPP 'instant
messaging' using the Jabberd2 server, this time Adam covered the
JIVE XMPP server. JIVE is a formerly commercial XMPP server,
written in Java, that has now been released as Open Source. JIVE
provides solid performance and stability along with its easy
installation and elegant administration interface. JIVE provides
rosters, message logging, LDAP authentication, and the ability to
use any JDBC available database.

Jabber is best known as "the Linux of instant messaging" -- an
open, secure, ad-free alternative to consumer IM services like AIM,
ICQ, MSN, and Yahoo (see the IM quickstart). Under the hood,
Jabber is a set of streaming XML protocols and technologies that
enable any two entities on the Internet to exchange messages,
presence, and other structured information in near real time.
Jabber technologies offer several key advantages

Adam’s workplace uses Exodus as their Windows IM client.
Exodus is a clean, lightweight Jabber instant messaging client for
Windows. It supports messages, chat, group chat and file transfers.
If you would like your sessions to be secure and encrypted, you can
select SSL support.

Some admins use IM for their help desk contact system. Using the
Multiple User Chat (MUC) Room feature of Jive can accomplish that.
Adam mentioned that he felt users give better problem descriptions
if they use an IM and have to think about what they write. Users

can see if the/a help desk technician is available to help them.
Adam mentioned that the receptionist can look at her list and know
if someone is present so she can put a telephone call through.

Adam answered specific questions throughout the presentation and
held a more in depth discussion of a few configuration issues at
the end of his session.

(14 Linux Enthusiasts Attending)

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