XMPP Roundup 13: new and updated software
Welcome to the XMPP software Roundup 13. As announced in the latest Roundup, we have split it into different parts. The first part covered articles, talks and events. This post covers new and updated software, the next one will cover XMPP services.
Special thanks to Will, Waqas, Jack, Guillaume, Nicolas, who have actively contributed to this report.
Due to the high number of new items (yes, the XMPP community is super-active), we have sectionned these into the classical division clients, servers, and libraries, and... a last section you should check carefully.
Jabbim for Android
The Jabbim team has released an early version of Jabbim for Android, the Linux-based OS platform for mobile phones and devices from Google.
Released under the Artistic and GPL licenses, joom is a collaborative brainstorming tool, similar to a group chat plus topics creation. First originality, the UI combines the personal roster, as well as the room roster. The other originality, is that the UI shows different views of the conversations: the regular stream of messages, and the active and inactive topic views, which filter out messages with certain hashtags. Thus it is possible to hold mulitple conversations in one room.
Yann Le Boulanger, aka Asterix, has announced the release 0.13 of the Gajim XMPP client, bringing BOSH, roster versionning, XHTML-IM sending, and many bug fixes.
Coccinella 0.96.16 Released
Sander Devrieze has announced Coccinella 0.96.16, bringing a lot of bug fixes, as well as a tenth birthday.
Psi 0.14 is out
This time we've made sure Psi is not missed in the Roundup: Justin Karneges has announced the version 0.14 of the Psi XMPP client. It brings color options to the chat window, reason for kick/ban in groupchat, improved User Info window, support for Enchant as an alternative to Aspell, commandline interface now supports choosing profile and setting status, D-BUS interface now supports setting status and indicating sleep/wake, fixed voice calling compatibility bugs with Pidgin and Empathy, and of course various other minor improvements and bugfixes.
Haskell: XMPP and matsuri
matsuri is a ncurses XMPP client written on Haskell, published under the GPLv3 license by Kagami.
Yaxim is new XMPP client for the Android platform.
Juick for Android
Juick, the real-time blogging and social network platform based on XMPP, has a specific client on the Android platform.
Vacuum-IM is a new multi-account, multi-platform XMPP client. It uses the Qt library, and is released under the GPLv3 license, as a version number 1.0.
Openfire under the Apache license
The Openfire server is undergoing a change of license, from the GPL to the Apache 2.0 license. The next version with the updated license will be released in the near future.
Legacy IM Connections via M-Link
Tigase Server 4.3
Artur Hefczyc has released version 4.3 of the Tigase Server. It contains a lot of performance improvements, as well as new features, like monitoring, scripting, or roster versionning, and much more.
Spectrum is an XMPP gateway, released under the GPL license, using the libpurple and gloox libraries, coming from a Google Summer of Code project. It supports ICQ, XMPP (Jabber, GTalk), AIM, MSN, Facebook, Twitter, Gadu-Gadu, IRC and SIMPLE.
Clustering plugin for Openfire is now open source
Prosody 0.6 and 1 year old
Prosody, which is one year old, has been published in version 0.6, bringing a telnet console, multi-sessions in MUC, stream compression, S2S encryption, per-host certificates, an importer for ejabberd MySQL dumps, and compatibility with ejabberd's vcard behaviour.
MatriX Mobile and MatriX for .NET released
The asmack library has been released. Basically, it a the smack library, adding SASL and DNS SRV for the Android platform.
Libjingle in Chromium
Libjingle, the Google's opensource library for Jingle, has been committed in Chromium, the opensource base of the Chrome browser.
GWT bindings for the Strophe XMPP library
Johann Prieur has announced on his blog the availability through Bazaar of gwt-strophe, under the MIT/X/Expat License, a binding for Strophe, the XMPP library. It is now in its early stage, and need testing and bug reports.
Emite 0.5.0 has been released, now with support for GWT 2.0. Emite is a GWT XMPP library (Google Web Toolkit) under the LGPL v3 license.
retepXMPP Server, Client & Library
retepXMPP is a suite of libraries for writing applications using the XMPP protocol, with which it is possible to create components, clients or even embedded servers.
Unclassifiable (aka "Others")
Although the title of this section might sound a bit demeaning, this is the place you should focus, because it is sometimes the place where most interesting (weird?) innovations appears...
xeerkat is a P2P computing framework over XMPP. xeerkat is not a new project, but original and not previously covered by the XMPP Roundup.
XMPP Framework, using XMPPHP, brings XMPP features to Drupal: XMPP-Drupal users correlation and relationship, XWChat web chat client (based on JSJaC), MUC, and notifications. This module has been contributed by Darren Ferguson of OpenBand.
The Étoilé user environment for the GNUstep project is building in support for sending what they call "CoreObjects" over XMPP using their emerging XMPPKit; as a result they hope to enable collaborative editing, whiteboarding, and other interactive applications.
The Ruby software RDFbus, published under a BSD-like license, is a middleware for enabling RDF publish/subscribe payloads over XMPP and Stomp.
Device state and MWI via PubSub in Asterisk
Asterisk, the well-known opensource telephony platform, integrates a feature (at the time of writing, waiting for testing) enabling to broadcast the device states and the MWI (Message Waiting Indicator), using the XMPP's publish-and-subscribe mechanism.
Telepaatti is IRC to Jabber/XMPP gateway compatible with MUC-protocol (Multi user chat). It allows you to join MUC-rooms and communicate with Jabber/XMPP users via your IRC client. Telepaatti acts as Jabber/XMPP client imitating IRC-server.
mod_ircd for Prosody
Streaming Apple Events over XMPP
Dan Brickley has released a Ruby script that re-routes the Mac OS X Apple Remote event stream to XMPP.
Confbot: a Google Talk conference bot
Perry Lorier has written and released Confbot under the GPL license. It is a python bot that enables group chats to Gtalk (and XMPP) users. It has been written in the early days of Gtalk, back in 2005.
ejabberd_testing: automated testing for ejabberd modules
Jongmyung Choi is coding the Smack-based jctalk instant messaging system that is able to monitor and control home appliances.
oai-pmh and xmpp
Interesting read, Ed Summers experiments with oai-pmh over XMPP, where he takes advantage of XMPP to push updates, instead of constantly polling them. For the record, oai-pmh stands for The Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting.
The Oslo protocol, released under a BSD license, describes a federated location sharing and proximity detection system, based on XMPP.
ejabberd webpresence plugin for jQuery
Jabber Feed 0.5
Jehan has announced Jabber Feed 0.5 WordPress plugin, that lets articles and comments be posted on PubSub.
This is it, this software Roundup is over. We hope you enjoyed discovering new software, or just being informed of new releases and features. You are encouraged to talk about this Roundup and/or the software mentionned here you care about in your blogs and microblogs, in order to promote XMPP technologies further.