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O'Reilly Open Source Convention


Open Source and Open Standards
Peter Saint-Andre, XMPP Standards Foundation

Track: Apps
Date: Thursday, July 10
Time: 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Location: Salon G

Open source depends on open standards. While open source projects flourish best where protocols are open (think Apache), the environment is often closed (think Samba) or has become polluted by proprietary protocols (think Kerberos). Where the protocol ecosystem is emerging or where there are competing proprietary protocols, there is an opportunity for open source projects to help drive the standards process. The Jabber community has pursued just such an opportunity in near-real-time messaging through a two-pronged approach. First, it has formed an IETF Working Group that is working swiftly to codify the core of Jabber's XML protocol and bring it into line with IETF standards regarding security and internationalization; this effort should lead to RFC status for the core Jabber protocol by mid-2003. Second, in order to prevent protocol pollution, it has worked with Lawrence Lessig and others to clarify the Jabber Software Foundation's role as an intellectual property conservancy, with an open process for approving extensions to the core protocol and an IPR policy that prevents protocol pollution. The combination of pending IETF approval at the core and an intellectual property conservancy closer to the "surface" yields a powerful engine for maintaining rapid forward progress as well as safeguarding the Jabber community's core mission of seamless interoperability and freedom of communication.

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