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Jabber

Level: 2

Definition: Sometimes referred to as the “Linux of instant messaging,” Jabber is an open-source platform for developing instant messaging applications. Jabber provides a set of streaming XML protocols and technologies that make it possible for any two entities on the Internet to exchange messages, presence (identifying who is online and where), and other useful information in almost real time. According to the Jabber Software Foundation, the architecture of a Jabber network is similar to e-mail, making it relatively easy for individuals to develop their own instant messaging applications and install and run their own Jabber servers. Jabber also offers the ability to isolate its servers from the public Jabber network, making ...

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