Boring update to GTalk ships
- Music status
I like using GTalk because it’s the only mainstream IM gateway based on the open-source and interoperable Jabber/XMPP format. It’s the ying to the yang of my use of Skype (which is proprietary and closed).
Sure, that’s a bit of a geeky reason to use it, but I think the lack of interoperability between IM providers is laughable when all of the big names that run them are generally trying to be (/appear to be) ‘open’ everywhere else.
Supporting Google for choosing an open format when they created their own system is important to me.
However these GTalk extensions are presumably extensions outside the Jabber/XMPP standard (hmm maybe not file transfer – will investigate). The existing ‘voice’ services are, as the Jabber/XMPP standard doesn’t support VoIP.
The point is, I would have liked to have seen Google help to create extensions to the Jabber/XMPP standard to support these new functions, rather than laying proprietary functionality over the otherwise open spec.
I use Gaim for Windows (and Gaim on Linux on my Ubuntu box) which supports Jabber/XMPP but obviously not these proprietary Google extensions – and as such this functionality will probably not be present anyway.
UPDATE: It’s not clear whether either the VoIP functionality or these new functions in today’s release are part of a future Jabber/XMPP spec. I’m going to investigate and report back to set the record straight.