The XMPP Newsletter March 2021

Welcome to the XMPP newsletter covering the month of March 2021.

Many projects and their efforts in the XMPP community are a result of people’s voluntary work. If you are happy with the services and software you may be using, especially throughout the current situation, please consider to say thanks or help these projects!

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XSF Announcements

The XMPP community is now holding regular virtual office hours, short weekly talks, demos, or round table discussions about XMPP or XMPP-adjacent topics! Meeting details, a list of future talks, and the sign up sheet can be found on the XMPP Wiki. And we are on YouTube now!

Events

XMPP Office Hours each week!

Berlin XMPP Meetup (remote): Monthly Meeting of XMPP Enthusiasts in Berlin - always 2nd Wednesday of every month.

Articles

Nicola Fabiano wrote two articles on “Consciously looking at messaging apps: when users want broad freedom and full control over their data” and “Aware digital communication respecting privacy and the apps or services you choose”

Arnaud Joset wrote a small tutorial on how to use Prosody with a HTTP Reverse Proxy.

Marek Foss from ProcessOne wrote several articles on ejabberd background and setups:

Alex Akinbia and Ehizojie Ojieb published “Forensic analysis of open-source XMPP multi-client social networking apps on iOS devices”. They did their study based on Monal 4.5 and Siskin 5.8.1.

Software news

Clients and applications

Conversations 2.9.8 and 2.9.9 have been released. These releases bring better compatibility with non-libwebrtc WebRTC implementations, verification of audio and video (A/V) calls with preexisting OMEMO sessions, and better TOR support.

Conversations verification A/V

Gajim Development News (March): Gajim’s new main window is coming together step by step while many core functionalities are being rewritten. This month also brought better accessibility for Gajim’s message input and improved status icon behavior. Gajim 1.3.1 has been released as well and they added a setting to explicitly enable GSSAPI authentication and improvement changes.

JSXC - the Javascript XMPP Client got a funding for group chat calls!

Monal is now on Mastodon! The second beta release has been published as well, high-way to Monal 5.0! Besides, a setup has been created to support the vaccination process in many US states, but also Puerto Rico. More than one million notifications have been sent already. XMPP is once again supporting in the pandemic crisis. There were several blog posts in March on this topic, you can start with this selected one. Stay tuned and please support by testing the current beta!

qXMPPconsole is a new browser based XMPP console. It’s main purpose is to aid in learning about the XMPP protocol.

Servers

No server updates out there :(

Libraries

Smack 4.4.2 has been released, containing mostly bugfixes.

Extensions and specifications

Developers and other standards experts from around the world collaborate on these extensions, developing new specifications for emerging practices, and refining existing ways of doing things. Proposed by anybody, the particularly successful ones end up as Final or Active - depending on their type - while others are carefully archived as Deferred. This life cycle is described in XEP-0001, which contains the formal and canonical definitions for the types, states, and processes. Read more about the standards process. Communication around Standards and Extensions happens in the Standards Mailing List (online archive).

Proposed

The XEP development process starts by writing up an idea and submitting it to the XMPP Editor. Within two weeks, the Council decides whether to accept this proposal as an Experimental XEP.

New

  • Version 0.2.0 of XEP-0456 (Content Rating Labels)
    • This specification provides a wire format in the form of a Service Discovery extension to allow services of various kinds to publish information about the kind of content they allow and/or endorse on their platform.
    • Describe the conversion algorithm. (jsc)

Deferred

If an experimental XEP is not updated for more than twelve months, it will be moved off Experimental to Deferred. If there is another update, it will put the XEP back onto Experimental.

  • No XEPs deferred this month.

Updated

  • Version 1.1 of XEP-0294 (Jingle RTP Header Extensions Negotiation)

    • Add mapping for a=extmap-allow-mixed (ph)
  • Version 0.2.0 of XEP-0408 (Mediated Information eXchange (MIX): Co-existence with MUC)

    • Fix reference to MIX-CORE namespaces (@mathieui)
  • Version 0.3.0 of XEP-0406 (Mediated Information eXchange (MIX): MIX Administration)

    • Fix reference to MIX-CORE namespaces (@mathieui)
  • Version 2.12.0 of XEP-0004 (Data Forms)

    • Clarify that the ‘reported’ element must appear before any ‘item’ element. (fs, jsc)

Last Call

Last calls are issued once everyone seems satisfied with the current XEP status. After the Council decides whether the XEP seems ready, the XMPP Editor issues a Last Call for comments. The feedback gathered during the Last Call help improving the XEP before returning it to the Council for advancement to Draft.

Draft

  • No Drafts this month.

Call for Experience

A Call For Experience - like a Last Call, is an explicit call for comments, but in this case it’s mostly directed at people who’ve implemented, and ideally deployed, the specification. The Council then votes to move it to Final.

  • No Call for Experience this month.

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Thanks to anubis, Bastoon, emus, jeybe, jonas-l, Julien Jorge, Holger, pmaziere, Sam Whited, seveso, vanitasvitae, wurstsalat3000 and Ysabeau for their help in creating it!

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