Inclusion of MXit plugin into Pidgin

Pieter Loubser Pieter.Loubser at mxit.com
Tue Aug 4 10:20:35 EDT 2009


Hi Peter,


Yes MXit used to use ejabberd internally, but external access to the IM
has for the past couple of years been only via the MXit protocol. The
main reason for this is to reduce communication payload for mobile
users. (Mobile users tend to login/logout much more frequent than pc
users and data traffic is much more expensive.)


MXit has since replaced ejabberd with a custom IM engine, so not even
internally XMPP is being used anymore. There are also no future plans to
support XMPP for client logins.



Thank you,

Pieter




On Mon, 2009-08-03 at 23:23 +0200, Peter Saint-Andre wrote:
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> On 8/3/09 6:29 AM, Pieter Loubser wrote:
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> > We would like to add our MXit protocol plugin to the main branch of the
> > Pidgin source code. 
> 
> As far as I know, MXit originally used XMPP as its protocol and still
> uses a modified ejabberd server to run its service. What are the
> differences between the MXit protocol and XMPP? What problems did you
> perceive in XMPP that made you switch, and do recent extensions to XMPP
> (e.g., roster versioning) fill those gaps? Is it likely that MXit will
> return to using standard XMPP instead of a modified protocol at some
> point in the future? If not, why not?
> 
> Just curious. If MXit used XMPP, there would be no need for a plugin...
> 
> Peter
> 
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> Peter Saint-Andre
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