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The Future of BitlBee, the IRC Gateway for Instant Messaging protocols (MSN, ICQ, Jabber, Yahoo)

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Interview with the BitlBee developer team: Wilmer van der Gaast, Maurits Dijkstra and Jelmer Vernooij, and a word from former developer Sjoerd Hemminga. Find out what new cool features will be available in v1.0, what features have been implemented so far and what visions these bright young men have for the future of BitlBee and the Open Source community.


  1. What is BitlBee, and what makes it so cool?
  2. What milestones has the BitlBee recently overcome, which of the great features in the new version are you most happy with?
  3. BitlBee was originally written for Linux. How much work was involved in porting it to Windows, and why did you choose to do so?
  4. What new great features can we expect in the next BitlBee version? What lies ahead?
  5. A poll on bitlbee.org showed 58.1% of your users saod file transfer was their most desired feature. When will BitlBee support file-transfer?
  6. What other open source projects are you involved in?
  7. What are your future visions for BitlBee?
  8. What are your future visions for the Open Source community?
  9. Why did you quit BitlBee?
  10. Learn More about BitlBee


1. What is BitlBee, and what makes it so cool?

BitlBee on a CGI-IRC Web service, browsed using the Konqueror Web Browser

2. What milestones has the BitlBee recently overcome, which of the great features in the new version are you most happy with?

3. BitlBee was originally written for Linux. How much work was involved in porting it to Windows, and why did you choose to do so?

4. What new great features can we expect in the next BitlBee version? What lies ahead?

BitlBee currently supports groupchats using the MSN and Yahoo! networks. Will BitlBee support Jabber groupchats any time soon? And, more interesting, will BitlBee ever support acting as a groupchat server where you can have groupchats with people using different networks, allowing you to have a shared conversation with MSN, ICQ and Jabber contacts mixed?

Will BitlBee support creating new IM accounts on open servers? Perhaps BitlBee could check if the requested nickname is free on say a list of Jabber servers until it finds one where it is available and create a new account automatically?

5. A poll on bitlbee.org showed 58.1% of your users saod file transfer was their most desired feature. When will BitlBee support file-transfer?

(What new feature would you like to see next in BitlBee?)

6. What other open source projects are you involved in?

7. What are your future visions for BitlBee?

8. What are your future visions for the Open Source community?

The BitlBee developer crew:
Wilmer van der Gaast Jelmer Vernooij Maurits Dijkstra Sjoerd Hemminga (former developer)

9. Why did you quit BitlBee?

10. Learn More about BitlBee


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