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Editorial Open Source

The dangers of free cloud-based storage

A few days ago, Google Docs locked out many users from their documents, claiming they violated their Terms of Service, despite being innocuous. Here is why this will continue to happen what you can do to not run into this problem yourself.

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How-to Open Source

Modern ejabberd configuration

ejabberd is one of the most widely used XMPP servers. It is easy to get it running for text-based messaging with a few configuration changes. However, to obtain a smoothly running modern feature set is harder. The configuration documentation is detailed, but even for a seasoned systems administrator or XMPP guru, a lot of questions […]

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Editorial Open Source

XMPP server hands-on comparison: ejabberd vs. Prosody

Having been involved in testing an open-source XMPP web client (JSXC) against ejabberd and Prosody, I have noticed the following differences that I would like to share, to make it easier for you to decide. Please note that I have done more with ejabberd, so there will naturally be more nitpicking there, but also more […]

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Open Source

JSXC 3.1 released: Interoperable open standards chat for any web application

With only a few lines of code, JSXC can turn any web application into a cooperation hub: Standards-compliant instant messaging, group chat, and audio/video calls suddenly are just a click away for your users. And all with security, privacy, reliability, and user-friendliness in mind. For ownCloud/Nextcloud directly in their app repositories, and not much more […]

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Editorial General How-to Open Source

Federated XMPP chat (and more) with Movim: A success story

There are many reasons to be unhappy with current social media sites and chat applications. For a long time, there was no viable alternative, especially not, if you wanted usability and integration. Now there is hope, with Movim.

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Editorial Open Source

XMPP: Chat with a Future

XMPP is the Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol standardized by the IETF. This standard provides the framework for doing anything you want to do with chat, and more. Why is XMPP (formerly known as Jabber) not the mainstream chat protocol? Actually it is. It is the most secure messaging standard: battle-tested, independent, and privacy-focused. And […]

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Open Source

Interoperable Chat in Your Web Browser: JSXC 3.0 released

Open, standards-compliant and interoperable chat sounds like a boon. However, proprietary and closed systems (WhatsApp, Facebook chat, Google Hangouts, …) are often easier to deploy, as they are nicely integrated in existing ecosystems. The freshly-released JSXC 3.0 shows that this is not necessary.

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JSXC: Adding Encrypted Chat with 3 Lines of Code

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Chat in Forschung und Lehre? Sicher!

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Interactive web sites for efficient cooperation based on open standards

We published a position paper in German.