Snikket is a new XMPP/Jabber-based decentralised FOSS messenger service. You can follow at:
The official website is https://snikket.org
It aims to make XMPP into a more viable alternative to Whatsapp etc by providing consistency in design and terminology.
(It's sort of how Mastodon made ActivityPub more mainstream, by using consistency to make it clear the instances are part of one network.)
They're the same architecture, but XMPP uses an extensible XML communication while Matrix uses an extensible JSON.
As far as I can tell, they're intended to do the same thing but are just implemented with different technologies.
@aaravchen Thanks, makes more sense now. Is there any inherent benefit to XML that would justify this development?
By using namespaces it's possible to extend and evolve the protocol over time, while maintaining backwards compatibility (as long as you want to). XMPP is 20 years old (!) and would be totally irrelevant now if it didn't have the ability to adapt to new technology and communication styles.
The core XMPP protocol was standardized at the IETF (the organization that develops and maintains many internet protocols such as HTTP and email) in 2004 and updated in 2011. But most of the protocol changes happen through documented extensions known as "XEPs".
New extensions are developed by the community and published at https://xmpp.org/extensions/
Due to XML namespaces, these extensions don't break existing software when they start getting used on the XMPP network.
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