Text messaging on the OpenMoko platform
Rodney Arne Karlsen
rodney at strangeminds.org
Tue Feb 6 13:40:09 CET 2007
On Tuesday 06 February 2007 12:16:12 Gabriel Ambuehl wrote:
> On Tuesday 06 February 2007 10:56:37 Sergio Bessa wrote:
> > What if we could have Jabber support in OpenMoko and use some sort of
> > transport/relay to connect to legacy protocols? Don't you think this
> > would work? This way wwe only needed one protocol implementation.
> Sure. Many of the public Jabber servers come with ICQ, MSN, AIM etc
> transports. It's not entirely as straight forward to use as direct
> connections to those networks in most Jabber clients, but I'm sure it could
> be done that way.
> Then again, while XMPP is quite nice for normal usage on the net, maybe we
> need a different protocol, namely one that is VERY bandwidth efficient (XML
> is not really famous for that, a binary protocol could potentially do much
> better) to keep GPRS costs low?
There is a crowd called MXIT(http://www.mxit.co.za) that provide a mobile
messaging app and service that is based on Jabber(Ejabberd if I remember
correctly). What they have done though is modified the client to server
protocol to make it more "efficient". Unfortunately it makes their server
incompatible with other jabber clients. On the other hand they implement the
normal server to server protocols so you can still chat with people on Google
talk and other jabber servers.
Personally I prefer the idea of trying the compression option in TLS that was
suggested as we then are not changing the protocol and are therefore not
limiting the number of servers we can connect to.
I currently use Kopete on my desktop for my IM needs. I have it hooked up to
my Google talk account, a South African Jabber server, 2 MSN accounts(1 for
personal and 1 for work) and occasionally hook it to other jabber servers I
test in the office. While not being efficient cost wise if we are on GPRS/3G
etc, it does make life easy for me and I would like to see this sort of
flexibility in Open Moko. Right now I have 3 IM apps on my Nokia N80 so that
I can connect to MSN, MXIT and Google Talk.
Rodney Arne Karlsen
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