Fellowship XMPP server
Each Fellow has an account on our public XMPP (formerly known as "jabber") server for instant messaging.
Connecting to the server
In order to use the Jabber service, you will need a Jabber client, such as:
Bitlbee and any IRC client.
- ... add your Free Software XMPP client here
Configuration is simple:
- Username: your usual Fellowship username
Domain: jabber.fsfe.org (so your complete jabber account will be: USERNAME@jabber.fsfe.org)
- Password: your usual Fellowship password
Jabber server: jabber.fsfe.org
- Port: you can use the standard XMPP port 5222, or the (deprecated) port 5223; if you are behind a blocking firewall/proxy, you can also use port 80 or 443 (the latter is more likely to work, since some ISPs filter traffic on port 80). In any case, the server will enforce a secure SSL/TLS connection.
Notes for specific clients
Kopete When creating the account in Kopete, switch to the "connection" tab in the settings and check "Use protocol encryption (SSL)" and also make sure that "Allow plain-text password authentication" is enabled. The default server information should be ok. Cut-and-paste into the configuration dialog seems to be problematic: type the server name and your password by hand (and double check this if you are getting "host not found" errors).
Pidgin If you have problems with upgrading to versions > 2.6, it might be unavoidable to delete the account in pidgin and recreate it.
Pidgin + GnuTLS: SSL certificate problem Some users reported SSL connection problems while using Pidgin with the GnuTLS library (you can learn something more about this problem here and here). To fix this, you can manually add the jabber.fsfe.org SSL certificate to your pidgin client, as suggested in this blog post; note that downloading the server certificate directly from the jabber server using the "openssl" command won't work, instead you can download the certificate here: jabber.fsfe.org.pem
Contacting other Fellows
To find other Fellows, you can either check their login on the Fellow listing at http://wiki.fsfe.org/fellows and try to contact them directly at USERNAME@jabber.fsfe.org, or use the Jabber User Directory on the server. Some administrators even have their contact name listed on the FSFE Team page
The Jabber User Directory is located at vjud.jabber.fsfe.org and you can use it to register yourself (so others can find you) and look for other Fellows on the server. Please see the documentation of your Jabber client on how to use this service.
In addition to XMPP/Jabber, the FSFE's IRC channel is also used as a general meeting point for all Fellows.
- Channel: #fsfe
- Server: irc.freenode.org
Note : if you use ubuntu with Empathy, you'll have to install the account-plugin-irc package to be able to add an IRC account in the "Online Accounts" settings.
If you have problems with your Jabber account, you can contact <fellowship-hackers AT fsfeurope DOT org>