Igniterealtime is a professionally-led (from Jive Software) Open Source community composed of end-users and developers around the world who are interested in applying innovative, open-standards-based Real Time Collaboration to their businesses. We're aimed at disrupting proprietary, non-open standards-based systems and invite you to participate in what's already one of the biggest and most active Open Source communities anywhere.
We create Open Source software because we know open, collaborative minds can improve the software landscape. We believe in the potential of the XMPP protocol and we welcome ways to increase its adoption. We put tremendous value on the involvement of Igniterealtime's developer and customer community--their continuous feedback, QA, and development efforts help steer our development path.
Our perspective is that base functionality--the core messaging aspects of RTC--should be free and Open Source. We are committed to always providing a "complete solution" as an OSS product, and will not hold back core features or bug fixes. To support that goal, only features that support mission-critical rollouts (i.e. server clustering), embedded third-party applications (non Open Source), high-end productivity features (i.e. enhanced reporting), advanced security features, or other productivity-focused features will be commercial. Revenue will only be realized through those commerical extensions, OEM licensing or support/professional services. A strong commercial market can only help support a strong Open Source community and vice versa.
We are committed to live out the values of the Open Source movement to the best of our abilities, to act responsibly and in the best interests of our community and to be highly responsive to the needs of the community and communicate proactively.
XMPP (also known as Jabber) is the leading open standard for presence and real-time messaging. Since 2004, it's been an approved standard of the IETF (the same organization that standardized email and World Wide Web protocols). A rich set of extensions to the protocol are maintained by the Jabber Software Foundation. Today, XMPP is used by leading companies, millions of users worldwide and is the best choice for open real-time collaboration.
Open standards are critical in order to achieve a completely federated environment where real time collaboration software works seamlessly together. This will drive the medium forward as a unified productivity tool and provide the greatest benefit to end users. The hundreds of interoperable software products that use XMPP prove the reality of this vision.
Ignite Realtime furthers XMPP through best of breed protocol implementations, development of new protocol extensions, and sponsorship of the Jabber Software Foundation through Jive Software.