The Jabber foundation (old webpage) announced yesterday that they renamed the foundation to XMPP Standards Foundation, short XSF. The goal of this process is to better reflect the “continued development of open XMPP extensions and the increasing commercial interest in XMPP technologies”.
The XSF will never forget the Jabber roots they have, but there goal is to provide the best real time communication internet protocols, and this is best shown with the new name.
I also suspect that they will take the advantage of the new name to restructure the organization and focus more on the standardization process of the protocols because there are several fields where is quite some work to do in the next months. That also could mean (don’t know, but I wouldn’t be surprised) that they will hand over some services like the jabber.org server to a community or to some external project. It would make sense because a standards panel should focus on providing the standard – as long as there are others who provide the services. And there are enough around.
At the moment the new web page looks a bit to clean, but that’s most certainly due to the relaunch. However, the clean interface makes it easy to find information, like the sponsor list (what is HP doing there as a main sponsor?).
Also, and I personally like that pretty much, there is a roadmap given for the close future. I like this one most:
Finish definition of Jingle as an open technology for federated voice, video, and generalized multimedia communication, and encourage implementation in high-profile open-source client codebases (Q1 2007).
It is my dream to see a audio/video/file-transfer support in a cross platform client available soon – that would help all Open Source communities pretty much!
Besides, the roadmap mentions attempts to make the network more robust against spam and improve the security.
I hope that this all will speed up the development of Open Source clients using the audio/video conferencing abilities. I think this is an opportunity the community shouldn’t miss!