The captive clown

by Ploum on 2006-05-17

Clown in a prison
Clown in a prison

Have you ever imagined what would Internet be without an open email protocol ?

Each provider would have his own email protocol. People with an address would only be able to speak with addresses, would only be able to exchange with and so on.
In order to speak with all your friends, you will have between 5 and 10 different addresses. Each address would require his own client ! 10 mail clients ! Hopefully, some free and non-official clients would support multiple protocols. Or try to support them after a massive reverse engineering work…

Guess what ?

This is exactly the instant messaging world we are living in… Sadly…

Avez-vous déjà imaginé ce que serait Internet sans un protocole de courriel ouvert ?

Chaque fournisseur disposerait de son propre protocole. Les personnes avec les adresses en ne pourrait communiquer qu’avec les adresses en, ne pourrait discuter qu’avec des etc.
Pour être sûr de communiquer avec tous vos amis, vous auriez entre 5 et 10 adresses mail. Chaque adresse aurait besoin de son propre client de messagerie ! 10 lecteurs d’emails ! Heureusement, quelques clients non-officiels seraient disponibles qui supporteraient tous les protocoles. Ou du moins essayeraient de les supporter…

Vous savez quoi ?

Ce monde est exactement celui de la messagerie instantanée dans lequel nous vivons… Malheureusement…

Tree and road
Tree and road

That’s why this Friday 19th of May will be the first Open Discussion Day. During this day, we ask you to not use any proprietary protocol (MSN, ICQ, AIM, Yahoo). Warn your contacts the day before and propose them to open a Jabber account on Google Talk (ask for an invitation), on Fritalk or any other Jabber server in a country near you.

This first Open Discussion Day is dedicated to the memory of Peter Millard.

C’est pourquoi ce vendredi 19 mai sera le premier Open Discussion Day. Durant cette journée, nous vous demandons de ne pas utiliser de protocoles propriétaires (MSN, ICQ, AIM, Yahoo). Prévenez vos contacts le jour avant et proposez leur d’ouvrir un compte Jabber sur Google Talk (demandez moi une invitation), sur Fritalk ou n’importe quel serveur Jabber dans un pays proche.

Ce premier Open Discussion Day est dédié à la mémoire de Peter Millard.

ODD logo
ODD logo

Links and translations about the ODD – Liens et traductions à propos du ODD

Jabber servers that will close their gateways on that day – Serveurs Jabber qui vont désactiver les passerelles ce jour-là.

but also :

Of course, don’t forget to warn your users with a MOTD !

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goodbye IM
goodbye IM

Open your network, open the discussion !

<strong><em>Ouvrez votre réseau, ouvrez la discussion !</em></strong>

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