FSFE XMPP server
Each FSFE supporter and volunteer 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:
or any other
Configuration is simple:
- Username: your usual FSFE username
Domain: fsfe.org (so your complete jabber account will be: USERNAME@fsfe.org)
- Password: your usual FSFE password
Jabber server: jabber.fsfe.org (In practice you might not need to specify this)
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 users
To find other users, you can try to contact them directly at USERNAME@jabber.fsfe.org OR USERNAME@fsfe.org. Unfortunately, both work, but they are practically different accounts, so if someone is using USERNAME@jabber.fsfe.org and you try to add them as USERNAME@fsfe.org they will not find you.
There's a chat room for our volunteers and supporters available through our XMPP server:
If you have problems with your Jabber account, you can contact <contact AT fsfe DOT org>