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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:

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; if you are behind a blocking firewall/proxy, you can also use the BOSH proxy on port 80 or 443 http://xmpp.org/extensions/xep-0124.html, which can be found under the proxy settings in gajim for example

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.

Chat conferences

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>