Products vs Protocols blog post: https://snikket.org/blog/products-vs-protocols/
Signal not developing code in the open: https://www.androidpolice.com/2021/04/06/it-looks-like-signal-isnt-as-open-source-as-you-thought-it-was-anymore/
Signal integrating cryptocurrency payments: https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2021/04/wtf-signal-adds-cryptocurrency-support.html
I praised Signal for this focus, but cautioned about their centralization of infrastructure and governance.
I didn't expect it to become relevant quite so soon 😞
This week confirmed that 1) Signal does not develop their code in the open 2) they are integrating in-app payments via a new privately-held cryptocurrency that the founder is involved with.
Over the past 15 years of using #XMPP, I've seen many messengers come and go. People complain about the hassle of switching messengers, but many express a preference for the "simplicity" of gated gardens.... Do they count the cost of switching as well?
A truly sustainable messenger can only be a decentralized protocol, not just an app.
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Version 6.3 of the #xmpp #ios client #SiskinIM just got released and with several fixes (clicking on links, crashes with markdown formatting, sharing in public groups, issues with message corrections and groupchat layout)
Oh sure, funding is certainly a big enabler. But Signal had to get to the point where it attracted that funding.
The sad truth is that almost nobody will fund a *protocol* 🙁
Tomorrow morning I will be giving a talk for #FOSDEM online. I'll be looking at the differences between building a protocol and a product. And also that inevitable question... is the ecosystem moving?! 🙂
Attending FOSDEM online: https://fosdem.org/2021/practical/online/
Getting into the mood for FOSDEM 2021 tip #4 print this file and put it on your door or wall ;)
The XMPP Standards Foundation develops the XMPP/Jabber instant messaging and voice/video calling standards. You can follow them at:
The official site is https://xmpp.org
It's a free open standard, so anyone can use it in their software and hardware.
New job ad for a Converse developer on http://xmpp.work
Great opportunity for someone who wants to work with FOSS and standards.
I've worked with them before, can vouch for them and am available to answer questions and provide guidance.
Snikket is a new XMPP/Jabber-based decentralised FOSS messenger service. You can follow at:
The official website is https://snikket.org
It aims to make XMPP into a more viable alternative to Whatsapp etc by providing consistency in design and terminology.
(It's sort of how Mastodon made ActivityPub more mainstream, by using consistency to make it clear the instances are part of one network.)
I'm considering making #mercurial native repos the default on the FOSS #heptapod public service https://foss.heptapod.net/heptapod/foss.heptapod.net/-/issues/95
Tails natively ships with a #XMPP client. Currently Pidgin.
For security reason Tails is going to replace it.
Some research about them and Tails requirements you can read here:
(keep in mind that it's a living paper)
http://Quicksy.im user count has grown by more than 30% over the last two weeks.
Development Update: In December, the profile window received a complete rework, adding state of the art vCard capabilities and a brand new profile picture selector to Gajim. Furthermore, Chat Markers have been improved and some bugs have been fixed.
Open-source developer and founder of the Prosody, Snikket and modernxmpp.org projects.
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