Geek Software of the Week: Wildfire IM Server and Spark IM Client

Spark IM ClientYou gotta look into these two Open Source projects if you are into Instant Messaging, or need to set up an Enterprise-wide IM Server where you work!

Wildfire Server and the Spark IM Client – The Open Alternative to Proprietary Enterprise Instant Messaging

Wildfire is a leading Open Source, cross-platform IM server based on the XMPP (Jabber) protocol. It has great performance, is easy to setup and use, and delivers an innovative feature set. Wildfire is an enterprise instant messaging (EIM) server dual-licensed under the Open Source GPL and commercially. It uses the leading open protocol for instant messaging, XMPP (also called Jabber). Wildfire is incredibly easy to setup and administer, but offers rock-solid security and performance. Use Wildfire in your organization as a more secure and feature-rich alternative to the consumer IM networks. Or, replace your existing EIM server with a more open, easier to use, and much less expensive solution.

Spark is an Open Source cross-platform IM client optimized for businesses and organizations. It has a simple but powerful user interface, leading feature set, and uses the open XMPP (Jabber) protocol. Spark is an Open Source, cross-platform IM client optimized for businesses and organizations of all sizes. It includes enterprise-class features such as built-in support for group chat, telephony integration, and strong security. It also offers an exceptional experience with user-friendly features like in-line spell checking, group chat room bookmarks, and tabbed conversations. The plugin architecture allows you to build plugins (Sparkplugs) that quickly and easily add new features tailored to your specific business needs. Spark is centrally managed from within the Wildfire administration console, making it easy to provision, update and manage all clients on your network.”

The Evil SCO Case: Is the “Fat Lady” Almost Ready to Sing?

The Judge in SCO “Anti-Linux” case, which is so full of lies and evil as to be ludicrous, has put SCO’s case on “life-support!”

Judge leaves SCO’s case vs. IBM on life support (updated)

“In a hearing held on Thusrday, US Magistrate Judge Brooke C. Wells handed IBM another significant victory in its fight against SCO. Groklaw’s eyewitness reports indicate that it was a rough day for SCO, with Judge Wells ruling that the company would not be able to add any further claims to its case beyond what it revealed in its final disclosure. According to one eyewitness, IBM’s counsel accused SCO of “sandbagging” when it came to complying with court orders. The judge agreed, directing IBM to draft her order on the case. The end result is that SCO is left with the evidence generated prior to the close of the discovery period. The company will be unable to introduce new evidence via expert reports, making it difficult—if not downright impossible—to introduce baseless new allegations or further change its story.”

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