Brussels / 30 & 31 January 2016


Reigniting Openfire

A tale of birth, death, zombies, and resurrection

Openfire is almost universally recognised as the worst XMPP server, and well known as having been dropped by its original authors, and left to rot, unmaintained and buggy. So why has it just made a 4.0 release, and who cares, anyway?

Many years ago, when the majority of this audience were still in school, there used to be an amazing server called Jive Messenger. After two renames, it was called Openfire, and everyone loved its powerful admin interface, full modern featureset, and astounding integration capability.

Then Jive decided they didn't want to be in the XMPP business anymore, and threw it over the wall, leaving it to languish in the bitrot bin. Everyone - and I mean everyone - knew that using Openfire was a bad idea.

Now, it's back - but did it ever go away, and does it really deserve the reputation of the worst XMPP server?

Dave Cridland is the Project Lead of Openfire, despite hating Java and being not very good at it, and in this talk will attempt to take credit for the revival of a much-loved server that he has had nothing much to do with.


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