Was excited around Christmas to see
the Jingle signalling protocol
for Voice over IP through Jabber, which was jointly authored by Google and JSF
people and is used by Google Talk
Google also released an open source library for doing Jingle called
This makes it even easier for all the free software instance messaging clients
to get the spec implemented quickly, and they all seem to have started doing
that. Now that Google Talk has also turned on
this looks like a blast for open protocols to win the day...
But when I looked at the roadmaps of
it became clear that although implementations are there, it'll take a while
for these to reach general release.
Finally got round to trying to build some for myself, and found that they
actually seem to work quite well (at least on my local network :-)).
Psi's jingle branch
fairly easily once I had the right dependencies etc.
I couldn't find instructions on building Gaim with Jingle support, it seems
like they are still working on integrating it (in the
project), and I liked using Gaim
because I can do IRC, Jabber etc all from the same client...
So I found Kopete
which is similarly
functional and has
in their development branch.
Building this as an rpm took more work because on Fedora at least, its part of
kdenetwork which is fairly big. Eventually got it working after learning a
fair bit about spec files... (rant: lots of "HOWTO" documentation, not enough
The resulting RPMS, SRPMS and specfiles are all at
... of course I should create a proper package repository but that can wait
for another day...
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