Welcome to the XMPP Newsletter, great to have you here again! This issue covers the month of October 2022.
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Newsletter Contributors & Translations
This is a community effort, and we would like to thank translators for their contributions. Volunteers are welcome! Translations of the XMPP Newsletter will be released here (with some delay):
- English (original): xmpp.org
- General contributors: emus, Licaon_Kter, Ludovic Bocquet, MattJ, MSavoritias (fae,ve), wurstsalat, Zash
- French: jabberfr.org and linuxfr.org
- Translators: Adrien Bourmault (neox), alkino, anubis, Benoît Sibaud, Ppjet6
- German: xmpp.org and anoxinon.de
- Translators: Jeybe, wh0nix
- Italian: nicfab.it
- Translators: nicfab
- Spanish: xmpp.org
- Translators: daimonduff, TheCoffeMaker
- The XSF membership application period for the fourth quarter 2022 is currently open. If you are interested in becoming a XSF member then you can apply for membership. Please submit by November 27, 2022.
Google Summer of Code 2022
The Google Summer of Code 2022 has finished! The two new contributors Patiga and PawBud worked on open-source software projects in the XMPP environment. Read the final collection blog posts:
- Patiga works on more flexible file transfers in Dino. Mentors are fiaxh and Marvin W..
- PawBud works towards adding support for A/V communication via Jingle in ConverseJS. Mentors are JC Brand and vanitasvitae.
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 Office Hours: available on our YouTube channel
- Berlin XMPP Meetup (remote): monthly meeting of XMPP enthusiasts in Berlin, every 2nd Wednesday of the month
- Capitole du Libre: Members of the “JabberFR” and “Libre en Communs” associations will be present in Toulouse on the 19-20th of November
ejabberd has added Matrix protocol support bringing their experience of scaling XMPP and MQTT to this new messaging avenue. At first a subset of the protocol will be implemented, acting like a bridge between protocols. Bussiness customers will get a taste of it first and later it will come to the Community Edition.
The JMP Newsletter details a big new release of the Cheogram Android client with features including XHTML-IM, Bits of Binary, a form of message retraction, contact tagging, and more. They also talk about an XMPP channel integration they have built for the Chatwoot support software, and offer to let community projects use their instance to try it out. This month they also wrote an article about SMS Account Verification and how it affects the ecosystem.
PGPainless: Implementing Packet Sequence Validation using Pushdown Automata
A new automated testing technique was recently adopted to help the Prosody developers during their daily development work: Mutation Testing in Prosody
Modernization of the authentication protocol is ongoing around the community, keyword “SASL”. Multiple hints of the work have been seen in the last two newsletters, in libs, XEPs updates and funding news. It spans multiple clients, multiple platforms and at least one server. Thilo Molitor, the Monal developer, blogged about the current broken state, the ideal properties of the system and the solutions being worked on. It’s a 30 minutes long read but will sure come handy as more news of the SASL implementations will start to appear from the other involved projects.
Clients and applications
Converse has released version 10.0.0 with a lot of polishing and an updated feature set.
Dino 0.3.1 has been released, which is a maintenance release for libsoup3 support and bug fixes.
Gajim 1.5.2 and 1.5.3 have been released. These releases bring another performance boost, better emojis, selection of multiple messages, and many bug fixes.
Profanity 0.13.1 is out with improved plugins management.
Psi+ 1.5.1641 (2022-09-24) has been released.
Monal 5.3.3 has been live in the AppStore for a while now, and even if it does not yet bring the SASL improvements mentioned above or the much awaited audio and video calls capabilities funded last month, it does feature several fixes for registrations, screenshots sharing and read markers.
aTalk has been released with an almost monthly cadence. Each new version brings more polish, like location/map views, calls, libraries updates and keeping up to date on the newer Android requirements. It’s biggest adoption impediment unfortunately still stays and stems from an outdated UI that precedes Android 5 Material UI.
ejabberd 22.10 release includes six months of work, over 140 commits, including relevant improvements in MIX, MUC, SQL, and installers, and bug fixes as usual.
Jackal 0.62.3 is out bringing 3 fixes for storage/archive and s2s stanzas.
Libraries & Tools
python-nbxmpp 3.2.4 and 3.2.5 have been released, bringing bug fixes and internal improvements.
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).
xmpp.org features a page about XMPP RFCs as well.
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 Social Feed
- This specification defines a way of publishing social content over XMPP.
- SASL SCRAM Downgrade Protection
- This specification provides a way to secure the SASL and SASL2 handshakes against method and channel-binding downgrades.
- OpenPGP for XMPP Pubsub
- Specifies an OpenPGP for XMPP (XEP-0373) profile for the pubsub use case.
- No new XEP 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.
- No XEPs updated this month.
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 XEP moved 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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This XMPP Newsletter is produced collaboratively by the XMPP community. Therefore, we would like to thank Adrien Bourmault (neox), anubis, Anoxinon e.V., Benoît Sibaud, cpm, daimonduff, emus, Gooya, Holger, IM, Ludovic Bocquet, martin, MattJ, MSavoritias (fae,ve), nicfab, Pierre Jarillon, Sam Whited, TheCoffeMaker, wh0nix, vanitasvitae, wurstsalat, Zash for their support and help in creation, review, translation and deployment. Many thanks to all contributors and their continuous support!
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