move the ubuntu irc channels to jabber ?

Robert Collins robertc at
Sat Oct 21 22:56:30 BST 2006

On Sat, 2006-10-21 at 23:45 +0200, Samir van de Sand wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I just read the call for specifications for UDS Mountain View. So
> here's my idea:
> Why not move the Ubuntu channels to Jabber? Jabber provides a feature
> called MUC,  where Jabber users can create chat rooms on a jabber
> server to communicate with each other. Here are possible reasons why
> the Ubuntu channels should move to jabber:
> * From the rational point this is a better solution, because you can
> use your existing IM program like Gaim and Kopete to connect to the
> chat channels.
> * In Jabber the Server communicate among each other, which means that
> a user which has an account on jabber server a can enter a channel on
> server b without connecting to server b and identifying on server b.
> * Ubuntu as a free distribution should support the spreading of open
> and standardized protocols in the IM world.
> What do you guys think about that ?

Except for federation, IRC has all of these features: gaim supports IRC,
users create channels, its an open and standardised protocol.

IRC does not have federation at this point, so that seems to be the only
point of differentiation.

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