[unisog] IM Apps?

ahecox@uchicago.edu ahecox at uchicago.edu
Sat Dec 3 00:52:26 GMT 2005


On Thu, 1 Dec 2005, Kevin Karwaski wrote:

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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)?

We're using LDAP (OpenLDAP 2.1) integration here at UofC - it's well 
supported in most jabber servers.

-Andrew

>
> - -Kevin
>
> John Duksta wrote:
> | On 12/1/05 3:12 PM, "Schumann, Alex" <Alex.Schumann at oregonstate.edu>
> wrote:
> |
> |>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
> rather
> | 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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