Open Source IM Network for everyone
February 6, 2007 12:46 PM Subscribe
I want a fully-featured instant messaging system (not just the client, and with support for webcams, etc.) that is open source. Ideally I would like to find one that exists, but I am willing to look into starting one. Any suggestions or advice for what to look at and/or how to go about it is welcome.
posted by d7415 to computers & internet (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I want to make it mainstream, so it should be able to support features such as webcams, client-to-client games, display pictures and other features found in the more popular clients.
Assuming I haven't missed one that exists, would it be better to adapt an existing structure (such as XMPP), or start anew? Would a server-based model be best, or would some form of p2p system be better (I am still not fully read-up on peer-to-peer IM)
I will obviously need a client, so I was planning on looking through GAIM and similar projects and perhaps working from them (licensing permitting).
I have no doubt that this will be a big undertaking, but I really want to try to bring things together, and to keep it open - ideally with the ability for others to contribute to the backbone.
Thank-you for any help.
P.S. This is an initial post, in order to triple check I can't get anything "off-the-shelf" and to gather ideas. I will probably try to begin any larger project over the summer, or perhaps easter, when I have more free time and have had a chance to look through the required background.