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Re: [DotGNU]IM services ?

From: David Sugar
Subject: Re: [DotGNU]IM services ?
Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2001 12:37:57 -0500 (EST)

While even I do not know if we would go into this area directly in DotGNU,
I certainly have some ideas, interest, and plans that do revolve around
"instant communications", which essentially is the notion that anyone can
communicate with anyone anywhere via ip telephony as well as messaging,
coupled with the notion that voice "assistants" and other automatic
systems could make use of such an infrastructure to communicate with
people directly.  For bringing IC services forward, we also require a free
software infrastructure, and one where ideally most of the development in
this area can be protected under the GPL.  IC is actually part of a
specific unannounced package (well, I guess it is announced now) based on
GNU ccRTP to create a universal GNU ip phone client.


On Fri, 16 Nov 2001, Norbert Bollow wrote:

> Gopal.V <address@hidden> wrote:
> >     We have been missing an important point in
> > webservices. I never noticed it till Arun mentioned it. What
> > about Instant messengers ?
> >
> >     I have no illusions that phpGW will handle IM. All other webservices
> > discussed here cannot run this small yet fundamental part of webservices.
> > We have discussed this with Jabber, but the jabber server's GPL
> > incompatibility put a lid on it. With other webservices from phpGW,
> > Macs etc we are left with the IM issue. Any suggestions ?
> I propose that our resident Jabber fans make it clear to the
> Jabber company that unless they fix their licensing to be
> GPL-compatible, it is only a question of time before a good but
> Jabber-incompatible GPL'd IM system will get created.  The
> DotGNU project does not currently have plans for creating such a
> system, but I'm totally convinced that unless Jabber's licensing
> problem is resolved, sooner or later someone will start a
> project to create a GPL'd alternative.  The DotGNU project would
> probably be quick to endorse such a GPL'd alternative.  So it is
> definately in the best interest of the Jabber company to prevent
> that from happening by switching to JOSL+GPL dual licensing.
> This needs to be made clear to them.
> Greetings, Norbert.

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