[unisog] IM Apps?

Kevin Karwaski kevink at oit.umass.edu
Thu Dec 1 23:01:00 GMT 2005

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Jabber seems to be the way to go... it has the needed authentication
hooks and the ability to host group chats via the conference server...
have you successfully tested a jabber solution at Brown using external
means of authentication (ie. LDAP)?

- -Kevin

John Duksta wrote:
| On 12/1/05 3:12 PM, "Schumann, Alex" <Alex.Schumann at oregonstate.edu>
|>I find that IRC has a lot to offer over traditional IM because it allows
|>groups to chat in channels as the primary communication mechanism rather
|>than only one-on-one. This leads to more learning, trust building, and
|>'getting to know eachother'-ness.
| I totally agree with the benefit you call out there, but there are things
| that I might care to discuss over IM/chat with my coworkers that I really
| don't want going over the net in the clear.
| The Jabber solution to group chat is a conference server. One excellent
| feature of the Jabber conference server is that it maintains N minutes of
| history. When someone joins the conference late, they receive a transcript
| of those last N minutes so that they may catch up. You could do this
with an
| IRC bot, but it comes built in to Jabber.
| Also, if I was to IM with a colleague, I don't want to have to tell them
| "you can find me as jduksta on freenode IRC in channel #foobar". I'd
| just be able to add XMPP:John_Duksta at brown.edu to my .sig and leave it at
| that.
| -john (who has just started to lightly beat the Jabber drum here at Brown)

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