The XMPP Newsletter February 2022

Welcome to the XMPP Newsletter, great to have you here again! This issue covers the month of February 2022.

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XSF Announcements

XSF and Google Summer of Code 2022

XSF fiscal hosting projects

The XSF offers fiscal hosting for XMPP projects. Please apply via Open Collective. For more information, see the announcement blog post. Current projects:

Events

Articles

  • JMP.chat describes in their blog why gateways, and especially bidirectional gateways, with XMPP and other protocols, are so useful. Their Newsletter also announces the launch of worldwide calling and completion of their rebrand.

JMP.chat bidirectional gateways

Software news

Clients and applications

Dino 0.3 has been released: Video calls and conferences - encrypted and peer-to-peer. Dino now supports calls between two or more people!

Dino calls

Gajim development news: February brought a unified group chat details window, which offers all the configuration knobs you need. Also this month: less memory leaks and improved OMEMO QR codes.

Monal had a successful funding campaign for a build server, which will significantly reduce build time. Further insights into Monal development: Monal will drop support for iOS 12 and 13, and for macOS Catalina. Monal’s team is searching for a SwiftUI developer, and they need help with building a new and simplified website.

Big news from Movim: Movim 0.20 “Skiff” has been released, which features OMEMO support, GUI improvements, and better group chat management.

Movim GUI update

Psi+ 1.5.1605 has been released with OMEMO fixes.

Poezio 0.13.2 has been released, this version only fixes the compatibility with the newly released slixmpp 1.8.0, but a much more interesting release is to come soon.

Profanity developers wrote a blog post on how to run their client on Pinephones.

Tigase released BeagleIM 5.1 and SiskinIM 7.1 featuring improved OMEMO support.

Servers

Jackal 0.57.0, an XMPP server written in Go has been released.

Openfire announces the release of Openfire 4.7.1: Notable fixes include security updates to bundled database drivers, logging configuration fixes, and an important fix for users experiencing troubles with users getting booted from group chat rooms. Furthermore, Openfire Pàdé 1.6.1 has been released. REST API Openfire plugin 1.7.1 hase been released, too.

Snikket published an important update for users of their server software on ARM devices, including Raspberry Pi boards.

Tigase XMPP Server 8.2.0 has been released.

Libraries

Mellium Co-op has released v0.21.0 and v0.21.1 of the melium.im/xmpp library for Go! Highlights for this release include basic support for PubSub and PEP as well as In-Band Bytestreams. More information can be found in the release announcement. Version 0.21.1 fixes a security issue that was discovered in the websocket package and should be preferred when updating. For more information see CVE-2022-24968.

Slixmpp 1.8.0 has been released, which adds compatibility with python 3.10, as well as a lot of improvements related to typing and async under the hood.

Tigase had several releases for their products: Halcyon 0.0.17, JaXMPP 3.5.0, Tigase Swift 3.1.0, and Tigase Swift-OMEMO 2.1.0.

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.

  • PubSub Type Filtering

    • This specification provides a way to filter PubSub nodes in a disco query.
  • MUC Affiliations Versioning

    • This specification provides a way to reduce the amount of queries necessary to stay up-to-date with affiliations in a MUC room.

New

  • No new XEPs this month.

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 2.13.0 of XEP-0004 (Data Forms)

    • Add incomplete submission form handling (melvo)
  • Version 1.24.1 of XEP-0060 (Publish-Subscribe)

    • Add hint for processing incomplete submission forms (melvo)
  • Version 1.24.0 of XEP-0060 (Publish-Subscribe)

    • Advertise support for publishing items
    • Replace ‘allow’ with ‘allows’ (melvo)
  • Version 1.23.0 of XEP-0060 (Publish-Subscribe)

    • Clarify (redefine) pubsub#type field. (edhelas, pep)

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 Stable.

  • No Last Call this month.

Stable (formerly known as Draft)

Info: The XSF has decided to rename ‘Draft’ to ‘Stable’. Read more about it here.

  • No XEPs advanced to Stable this month.

Deprecated

  • No XEP deprecated 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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