FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OpenDomain Contributes XMPP Domains to the Jabber Software Foundation
XMPP.com, XMPP.net, and XMPP.org to Provide Information and Services Related to the Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP)
DENVER, CO, USA, DECEMBER 30, 2005 -- The Jabber Software Foundation (JSF) has accepted a contribution of the XMPP.com, XMPP.net, and XMPP.org domains and has already begun to offer services related to the Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) at those domains. The domains were transferred to the JSF by OpenDomain.Org in recognition of the JSF's work in promoting open instant messaging, presence, and XML routing technologies.
"We appreciate the efforts and promotion of open and free communities, specifically the work done by the Jabber Software Foundation on XMPP," said Ric Johnson, President of OpenDomain.org. "Because of this, we have decided to grant full ownership of the domain names to the JSF." Even though OpenDomain was offered several thousand dollars to sell these domains to a third party, it transferred the domains to the JSF for free. The OpenDomain program does not sell domains, rather it enables organizations and individuals to use them in promoting open technologies. The OpenDomain trademark says it best: "Open Source for Domains."
JSF Executive Director Peter Saint-Andre noted: "Jabber/XMPP technologies are the open alternative in the realm of instant messaging, presence, and real-time XML delivery. With the IETF's approval of the XMPP RFCs in 2004, mindshare around the XMPP brand has become ever more important. OpenDomain's generous contribution of the XMPP.com, XMPP.net, and XMPP.org domains will enable us to offer valuable services related to these technologies."
The domains are being used as follows:
XMPP.org hosts a website devoted to explaining the XMPP protocols, as well as multi-user chat rooms used by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) in their work on Internet standards development.
XMPP.net hosts the website of the XMPP Federation, a group of server administrators dedicated to further strengthening and securing the existing network of Jabber/XMPP servers.
XMPP.com will be used as the home for a wide range of services related to XMPP technologies, including protocol compliance testing, interoperability events, and developer conferences.
About the XMPP Standards Foundation
The XMPP Standards Foundation (XSF) builds open protocols for presence, instant messaging, and real-time communication and collaboration on top of the IETF's Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP), and also provides information and infrastructure to the worldwide community of Jabber/XMPP developers, service providers, and end users. Widely considered the lingua franca of instant messaging, XMPP is an Internet standard for presence, real-time messaging, and streaming Extensible Markup Language (XML) data that grew out of the popular Jabber open-source technologies first released in 1999. With approval of XMPP by the IETF in 2004, the XSF continues to develop XMPP extensions that meet the needs of its many stakeholders: open-source and commercial developers (including Apple, HP, Nokia, and Sun), organizations large and small (including the U.S. defense establishment and most Wall Street investment banks), Internet and mobile service providers (including Google, NTT, Portugal Telecom, Twitter, and Facebook), and an estimated 50+ million end users worldwide.
OpenDomain.Org is a program through which organizations and individuals can use a domain owned by OpenDomain.Org and then freely put it to good use. This enables domains that otherwise would stand empty to be used for a good purpose and also offers an excellent opportunity to obtain a relevant domain URL. OpenDomain.org is sponsored by Free.TV.