Everyone is talking about Jitsi Meet. Probably mainly because you cannot meet at the moment and are looking for alternative options. One of them is Jitsi Meet.
We have created our own Jitsi Meet instance at https://meet.hot-chilli.net for you! You can easily use it in a browser or via Android app or iOS app for free video conferences. Some of the features are:
- Sharing of desktop, applications, presentations
- Invite users via a simple custom URL
- Conference rooms can be secured with a password
- Conferences can be recorded
- Exchange messages in integrated chat
- 100% open source
- fully encrypted
Furthermore you can easily use your Jabber/XMPP account, a webcam and a suitable client, for example Jitsi Desktop, to secure video chat with your friends. We have provided a STUN/TURN server on stun.hot-chilli.net (port 3478). This must be set in the settings of the client.
Recently we changed our IRC transport from Spectrum 2 to biboumi. If you are using the IRC transport you might have noticed it already. ;-) If not and you will use it in the future we hope you like it.
We changed some storage limits in the last days:
- HTTP Upload: 50MB per file, 100MB overall quota
- Automatic deletion of offline messages: 93 days
- Automatic deletion of MAM archive messages: 31 days (if MAM was enabled by the user, otherwise no storage)
- Automatic deletion of chatroom messages: 31 days (if MUC_Log was enabled by the user, otherwise no storage)
- Automatic deletion of unused accounts: not yet
We have updated our web forms and restored accessibility for users who are blind or visually impaired. You can again pass the captcha by listening to it if you cannot see the captcha image.
Also we would like to remind our Jabber hosting customers that you and your users also can use the public web forms (Change password, Reset password, Add/change email, remove account) on this website. You cannot use the Create account form as you can create new JIDs through the Web Admin and we won’t expose our Jabber hosting customers to the public.
We changed the configuration from “One transport per one IRC network” (we used irc.freenode.org) to “One transport for more IRC networks”. This affects how you must connect to a room. The format is: #firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information please see the transport description.
Connections to our Tor .onion address work again since today. So if you like to connect directly through Tor you can use the following address as Jabber server address for all Jabber domains running on our server: c2aaokzwkwkct543.onion
Everything is done, the server runs on Prosody 0.10 and is up for over an hour now. Thanks to MattJ for his help solving the small issues when upgrading.
No new features like MAM and WebSocket are activated, yet. This will follow. But I had to disable mod_privacy_lists and mod_blocking and enable mod_blocklist. This means that we drop support for XEP-0016 which only older clients used nowadays as XEP-0191 is the newer standard which we still support with mod_blocklist.
A few days ago Daniel Gultsch added the column XEP-0384: OMEMO Encryption to his compliance list. It suggested that only conversations.im supports OMEMO Encryption, which isn’t true. Yesterday an explanation was added to one of the source files of the ComplianceTester and also a question mark was added to the column mentioned above, which is a link to this explanation.
Daniel Gultsch strongly recommends that the servers PEP module should support publish-options. If enabled, Conversations starting with version 1.20, will be able to send OMEMO encrypted messages to clients, without the need to add them to your roster first. This is a great new feature and we like it, and would like to support it, but currently the PEP module from Prosody does not support publish-options (yet).
Long speak short: You can still use Conversations and other clients with OMEMO over our and other servers, but without the feature of writing encrypted messages to persons, who are not in your address book.
For more information please see here at 5222.de. I also reused some text of the blog post of Sebastian as it describes everything quite good. So thank you for that, Sebastian! ;-)