Welcome to the XMPP Newsletter, great to have you here again! This issue covers the month of April 2022.
Like this newsletter, 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 saying thanks or help these projects! Interested in supporting the Newsletter team? Read more at the bottom.
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- French: jabberfr.org and linuxfr.org
- German: xmpp.org and anoxinon.de
- Italian: nicfab.it
- Spanish: xmpp.org
- The XSF has been accepted as hosting organization at Google Summer of Code 2022 (GSoC).
- XMPP Newsletter via mail: We migrated to our own server for a mailing list in order to move away from Tinyletter. It is a read-only list on which, once you subscribe to it, you will receive the XMPP Newsletter on a monthly basis. We moved away from Tinyletter due to privacy concerns.
- By the way, have you checked our nice XMPP RFC page? :-)
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:
XMPP Community Projects
A new community space for XMPP related projects and individuals has been created in the Fediverse! Join us on our new Lemmy instance and chat about all XMPP things!
Are you looking for an XMPP provider that suits you? There is a new website based on the data of XMPP Providers. XMPP Providers has a curated list of providers and tools for filtering and creating badges for them. The machine-readable list of providers can be integrated in XMPP clients to simplify the registration. You can help by improving your website (as a provider), by automating the manual tasks (as a developer), and by adding new providers to the list (as an interested contributor). Read the first blog post!
- XMPP Office Hours: available on our YouTube channel
- Berlin XMPP Meetup (remote): monthly meeting of XMPP enthusiasts in Berlin, every 2nd Wednesday of the month
Thilo Molitor presented their new even more privacy friendly push design in Monal at the Berlin XMPP Meetup!
The Mellium Dev Communiqué for April 2022 has been released and can be found over on Open Collective.
Maxime “pep.” Buquet wrote some thoughts regarding “Deal on Digital Markets Act: EU rules to ensure fair competition and more choice for users” in his Interoperability in a “Big Tech” world article. In a later article he describes part of his threat model, detailing how XMPP comes into play and proposing ways it could be improved.
German “Freie Messenger” shares some thoughts on interoperability and the Digital Markets Act (DMA). They also offer a comparison of “XMPP/Matrix”
Clients and applications
5.2 and SiskinIM
7.2 just got released with fixes for OMEMO encrypted message in MUC channels, MUC participants disappearing randomly, and issues with VoIP call sending an incorrect payload during call negotiation.
converse.js published version
9.1.0. It comes with a new dark theme, several improvements for encryption (OMEMO), an improved stanza timeout, font icons, updated translations, and enhancements of the IndexedDB. Find more in the release notes.
Gajim Development News: This month came with a lot of preparations for the release of Gajim 1.4 🚀 Gajim’s release pipeline has been improved in many ways, allowing us to make releases more frequently. Furthermore, April brought improvements for file previews on Windows.
v0.4.0 with experimental Ox (OpenPGP for XMPP) support has been released.
JMP offers international call rates based on a computing trie. There are also new commands and team members.
5.1 has been released. This release brings OMEMO support in private group chats, communication notifications on iOS 15, and many improvements.
1.5.1619 (2022-04-09) has been released.
0.14 has been released alongside with multiple backend libraries. This new release brings in lots of bug fixes and small improvements. Big changes are coming, read more in the article.
0.12.1 has been released, which brings some bug fixes.
UWPX ships two small pre-release updates concering a critical fix for a crash that occurs when trying to render an invalid user avatar and issues with the Windows Store builds. Besides that it also got a minor UI update this month.
Ignite Realtime Community:
9.1.0release 1 of the Openfire inVerse plugin has been released, which enables deployment of the third-party Converse client 37 in Openfire.
4.4.0release 1 of the Openfire JSXC plugin has been released, which enables deployment the third-party JSXC client 13 in Openfire.
1.2.3of the Openfire Message of the Day plugin has been released, and it ships with German translations for the admin console
1.8.0of the Openfire REST API plugin has been released, which adds new endpoints for readiness, liveliness and cluster status.
1.8.2 has been released. It fixes RFC3920 sessions, improves certificate errors handling, and adds a plugin for XEP-0454 (OMEMO media sharing).
The mellium.im/xmpp library
v0.21.2 has been released! Highlights include support for PEP Native Bookmarks, and entity capabilities. For more information, see the release announcement.
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).
By the way, xmpp.org features a new page about XMPP RFCs.
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 Public Subscriptions
- This specification provides a way to make subscriptions to a node public
- Ephemeral Messages
- This specification encourages a shift in privacy settings wrt. logging policies.
- No new XEPs this month.
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.
- Version 0.4 of XEP-0356 (Privileged Entity)
- Add “iq” privilege (necessary to implement XEPs such as Pubsub Account Management (XEP-0376)).
- Roster pushes are now transmitted to privileged entity with “roster” permission of “get” or “both”. This can be disabled.
- Reformulate to specify than only initial stanza and “unavailable” stanzas are transmitted with “presence” pemission.
- Namespace bump. (jp)
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.
- No XEPs advanced to Stable this month.
- 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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