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I was considering to switch jabber servers for a while, especially because my old JabberID
firstname.lastname@example.org was not really nice. But I was always afraid of having to add, authorize and request authorization for all my old contacts, so I kept postponing that.
Today, my Jabber hoster had some problems and all rosters were empty. While they will probably fix it later, I thought this is a good time to finally set up my own jabber server. The procedure was, thanks to Debian, almost ridiculously simple (
apt-get install ejabberd). I then only changed one piece of configuration (no self-registering for other users) and I was ready to go!
I followed neingeist’s advice and did not name my new Jabber ID
email@example.com (which would fit to my e-mail-address
firstname.lastname@example.org), as some clients would then use „
jabber“ as my nickname. Instead, you can now reach me under „
email@example.com“. If I was on your roster before, you will have to re-add me − sorry for the hassle. I hope it will be the first and last time.
For those who do not know what Jabber is: Jabber (or XMPP) is an instant messaging protocol, providing similar features as ICQ or MSN. The important difference is that it is not tied to one provider: While ICQ and MSN users can’t chat to each others, all Jabber users can chat with each other, no matter on what server they are − much like e-Mail. There are some free Jabber servers such as jabber.org or jabber.ccc.de, some commercial (but also free to use) such as Google Talk, GMX or Web.de, and lot’s of privately run servers such as mine. Try it!