move the ubuntu irc channels to jabber ?

Jerry Haltom wasabi at
Sat Oct 21 23:30:29 BST 2006

I will be for this position, like most positions, when the benefits
outweigh the downsides.  Right now I see too many downsides.

1) You don't have to DO ANYTHING to get on IRC, just open a client. On
Jabber you need to setup or find a server and register with it.
2) Most of the existing Jabber clients... suck. Sorry. Maybe they work
okay on the user's side, but for managing a channel, kicking people,
RUNNING BOTS, there is just too much missing.

At the same time, I do see us moving there in the future, WHEN it
becomes a de-facto standard. When everybody has a Jabber client, and
when you open up Ubuntu and it's accessible by default.

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 ?
> regards Samir
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