Open XMPP Alternatives to Google Talk

xmpp.pngAfter Google’s much-publicised decision to replace Google Talk with Hangouts and drop XMPP support in the process, many people have been looking for alternative XMPP servers that allow connecting through standards-based clients and support federation with other servers. I figured this would be a good time to list a few servers I have used and recommend. Naturally, this is only a small subset of all publicly available XMPP servers. Which is best for you pretty much depends on what you want and what you need … [...]

Emily Chen on GNOME and free software in Asia

emily_chen.jpgSeeing how this year’s GNOME & KDE Desktop Summit was held in Berlin, I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to go and meet some of the people behind the great software we use every day. The Desktop Summit is a huge event for GNOME, KDE and free software communities, and is sponsored by some big names in the tech industry, like Intel, Canonical, Google and Red Hat. This year’s desktop summit saw some important announcements for the KDE community, such as plans to support Wayland by 2012 and the announcement of KDE Frameworks 5.0.

But fans of GNOME weren’t left out. Especially Emily Chen’s presentation on the development of GNOME in Asia was fascinating. Emily, who works as a software engineer for Oracle in China, is the organiser and founder of GNOME.Asia and the Beijing GNOME User Group. She is also involved with the Mozilla Community where she works on Firefox and Thunderbird. I met with Emily after her talk to hear more about the state of GNOME and open source software in Asia… [...]

Chinese Internet Diagram

internet-enterprise-map-th.pngOSChina user Hongshu has created a diagram of Western internet companies and their Chinese counterparts, featuring the likes of Taobao, China’s version of eBay, Renren, China’s Facebook clone, and Youku, the Chinese Youtube. More recent copycats include Sina Weibo and Zhihu, China’s Twitter and Quora clones respectively. The only Western internet business featured that at least enjoys some popularity in China is Microsoft’s MSN/Windows Live Messenger network. Other than that I can only think of, also known as Joyo, the Chinese subsidiary of, as another example for a relatively successful Western internet business. All in all an interesting peek at the Chinese internet industry… [...]