The XMPP Newsletter June 2021
Welcome to the XMPP Newsletter covering the month of June 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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Translations of the XMPP Newsletter will be released here (with some delay):
- The French translation appears at jabberfr.org and linuxfr.org
- The German translation appears at anoxinon.de
- The Italian translation appears at NicFab.it
Many thanks to the translators and their work! This is a great help to spread the news! Please join them in their work or start over with another language!
The XMPP Operators Channel is a place primarily for operators of federated XMPP services, to have civil and low-bar discourse and resolution of interoperability issues. While discussions can get further from on-topic there was no written code of conduct or rules until this month. You can read them here and join if you find the topic interesting.
Berlin XMPP Meetup (remote): Monthly Meeting of XMPP Enthusiasts in Berlin - always 2nd Wednesday of the month.
Ingrid’s Space has thoughts on why decentralised applications don’t work.
Martin Dosch wrote a short blog post about how to use the "Jabber-ID" email header with neomutt [DE]. The setting of this header is also described in the xmpp.org wiki.
Vaxbot, the XMPP based vaccine bot has been featured on Canadian National News.
Clients and applications
Blabber.IM XMPP service has been discontinued and has shut down its server. On June 25, the blabber.im website reported that they were discontinuing support for their XMPP server due to personal reasons.
Gajim Development News: This month brought some fixes for themes and spell checking. Development on the new Gajim version made a big step forward: file previews are working again and more important they're now a core integrated feature, they look even better while also being privacy respecting for those anonymous chats.
Monal 5.0 has been released, featuring support for group chats (not yet OMEMO encrypted, will come next) and sending voice messages and videos, but also a lot of internal code refactoring and bug fixes.
Profanity, a console-based XMPP client, has implemented attention flags. Use the shortcut ALT+F to toggle the flag.
UWPX v.0.33.0.0 has been released. It includes support for XMPP Providers for convenient auto-complete and registration of new accounts to XMPP servers. Besides that, this release fixes a few bugs related to stream close and open message parsing.
OpenFire 4.6.4 has been released, bringing some bug fixes.
Have you heard about qxbridge a Qt XMPP Bridge for Telegram based on QXmpp.
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).
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.
- This specification updates XEP-0401 and XEP-0445 by specifying a shared format for the pre-authenticated registration token.
- This specification details a way for a user to notify their contacts about an account move.
Version 0.1.0 of XEP-0459 (XMPP Compliance Suites 2022)
- Accepted by vote of Council on 2021-05-26.
Version 0.1.0 of XEP-0458 (Community Code of Conduct)
- Accept as Experimental after unanimous approval by Board of the ProtoXEP draft for discussion within the community.
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 XEP deferred this month.
Version 0.2.0 of XEP-0458 (Community Code of Conduct)
- Integrate various comments from various sources (dwd)
Version 0.3 of XEP-0377 (Spam Reporting)
- Rework based on list feedback. (ssw)
Version 0.11 of XEP-0292 (vCard4 Over XMPP)
- Recommend use of contact bare JIDs for item IDs (ka)
Version 1.20.0 of XEP-0060 (Publish-Subscribe)
- Add integer-or-max datatype to use with Data Forms Validation. (pep)
- Version 1.0.0 of XEP-0423 (XMPP Compliance Suites 2020)
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.
- No Last Call this month.
- No Draft 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.
This XMPP Newsletter is produced collaboratively by the XMPP community.
Therefore many thanks to Adrien Bourmault, alkino, BAud, emus, Jeybe, nicola, mdosch, Leirda, Licaon_Kter, Pierre Jarillon, pmaziere, seveso, VI, wurstsalat, xdelatour, Ysabeau for their support and help in creation, review and translation!
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