View Full Version : Jabber and Gadu Gadu?

4th November 2004, 07:49 PM
ok, getting annoyed with using all these stupid networks like MSN, AIM, YIM, ICQ etc... Jabber and Gadu Gadu sound like a good idea.. and me and a few friends wish to set it up so we never get disruptions in chat because of someones dodgy service...

from what i understand, both of them require you to set up a server or to log into someone elses server. thats ok, i will do that.. but i dont get how to actually set it up... and can each different server talk to the next, or can only the clients on that one server only talk to each other?

i found the web site a bit confusing... so if anyone has any ideas please let me know :)

it sounds like a good idea to me. as long as the servers can talk to each other that is.

6th November 2004, 12:01 PM
Not sure about Gadu Gadu, I thought it was a commercial IM service in Poland. But I've been using Jabber for for the past three years. It's great if you can understand the principle, that is, you'll never get reliable IM out of one great big centralised service like MSN and that open protocols are really the way to go.

So certainly, the various Jabber servers can talk to each other! The concept isn't really all that different from email except that it's real time. Your JabberID (JID) looks exactly like an email address except it doesn't receive emails. For example one of my JIDs is jeremy@jabber.org.au. So any other server that wants to speak to me can easily look up jabber.org.au, open up a connection and away it goes.

Other than that, have you had a look at the Jabber Australia (http://www.jabber.org.au/) website? I must confess that I am held partly to blame for it's existance, it is a little out of date, but still I think it should be a good starting point for any Australian Jabber users. Certainly, there is the jabber.org.au server.

You'll probably want a client to use. The one I'm using at the moment is Remko's patched version (http://www.cs.kuleuven.ac.be/~remko/psi/) of Psi (http://psi.affinix.com/). Only problem is, it's not quite a native app. Some people have also suggested Adium which is a multiIM client for OS X.

Oh and the interesting news is, I believe Tiger will have Jabber support in iChat (http://www.appleinsider.com/article.php?id=649) as the next release of OS X Server will have a jabber server. Doesn't mean that it'll be the best Jabber client (we'll have to wait and see), but is a positive move anyway.

Hope this helped,

(new iBook user)