On Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 06:43:35PM +0000, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote 0.8K bytes in 22 lines about:
: What XMPP server do you suggest I use? Where should I sign up for an account?
jit.si is an xmpp server. There are thousands of xmpp servers available,
or you can run your own and have it talk to the rest. Here is a list of
a few thousand, http://xmpp.net/.
: 1) I already have a Jabber account that I use to text chat with my friend through Pidgin/Adium and Jabber seems to go down relatively often and is quite unstable. Is this just me, or is the Jabber server working fine for you?
The jabber/xmpp server you use is distinct from the protocol known as
jabber/xmpp. If you are unhappy with your chosen jabber provider, switch.
: 2) Jabber is owned by Google, right? I just noticed. To me, Google (just like Skype) represents a lot of what's evil about the internet. Can they be trusted with our secure conversations?
Jabber/xmpp is a protocol. It is promoted and developed by the
xmpp foundation, http://xmpp.org/. Google is one of the sponsors,
http://xmpp.org/sponsor/our-sponsors/. Google also uses xmpp as the
basis of their gchat product. They don't own it, they just use
it. Facebook also uses xmpp for their chat product.