Monday, December 24, 2012

Xabber is going open source in January 2013

Short version

We are happy to announce that we plan to release Xabber under GNU GPL v3 license in January 2013, thus making arguably best XMPP client for Android free and open software.

Redsolution, a 'shady Russian company with no public info' behind Xabber is a long time supporter of free and open source software, so this move is very natural for us.

Longer version

As you may have known, this summer we've launched a campaign to make Xabber open source if we get 50K followers on Twitter. We owe you some explanation why we had such an exotic request. We were planning to make our app opensource since the very beginning. It was mostly a side effect of an argument within our team if people really care about their software being opensource. 

Optimists said that people do care, and that we'd easily gather as many followers as we have users if we promise to go FOSS. More down-to-earth team members said that quite a few users care about free (as in freedom) software. Obviously, the latter won.

While we've seen a spectacular enthusiasm on the web and quite a number of posts, we failed to reach 50K followers. Currently counter stands at 4725, and I want to thank everyone who did take part in our little social experiment and supported free and open software. My biggest thanks go to those active users who fueled our campaign by creating numerous posts and retweets. You support was very heartwarming. 

So, back to opensource. We took this special day for this announcement (best day to share gifts with the world, right?), but we need some extra time to add comments and remove some junk from code, add license files... It's quite a task, actually. After we're done, code will go live on GitHub. Stay tuned for updates, they'll be coming shortly. 

Merry Christmas everyone!