XMPP servers allow you to message users on other IM networks (such as AIM, MSN, ICQ, and Yahoo) using Service Transports. This allows you to use any XMPP-enabled IM client (such as iChat) to talk to people from any IM network you choose. As far as we know, this only works for text chat – not audio/video chat or file transfers.
Setting up a Jabber service
- Use the Panel to set up a XMPP account on DreamHost.
- Download a XMPP client with which you'll use to connect.
Tip: There are a number of clients to choose from, one of which is Psi which is open-source, cross-platform, and very feature rich (though UI design may not be it's strong point).
- Install your client of choice and follow the instructions to connect with your XMPP account.
Discovering the Service Transports
|Important:||Unfortunately, this step does not work on DreamHost, due to compatibility with the Jabber daemon we use.|
Once you have set up the XMPP account, you will need to discover the Service Transports.
Depending on the client you use, do the following:
- Find the Service Discovery menu (in Psi, it's in the General Menu).
- In the Services list you should see options such as AIM, ICQ, and MSN.
- Select the transport you require and click connect.
- Enter your login details for this network when prompted.
- If you already had friends on the network you have added, they should automatically populate to your XMPP friends list, though you'll notice a strange format. For example, MSN friends now have addresses like bob%hotmail.com@msn.
- Adding friends can be done using a format such as this.