This announcement concludes the maintenance window on the RTC services.
All services are now running on jessie (using packages from
XMPP and SIP enable a whole new world of real-time multimedia
communications possibilities: video/webcam, VoIP, chat messaging,
desktop sharing and distributed, federated communication are the most
common use cases.
The password for all these real time communication services can be set
via the LDAP control panel <https://db.debian.org/login.html>. Please
note that this password needs to be different to any of your other
existing debian.org passwords. Please use a strong password and please
keep it secure.
Some of the infrastructure, like the TURN server, is shared by clients
of both SIP and XMPP. Please configure your XMPP and SIP clients to use
the TURN server for audio or video streaming to work most reliably
A key feature of both our XMPP and SIP services is that they support
federated inter-connectivity with other domains. Please try it. The
FedRTC service for Fedora developers <https://fedrtc.org> is one example
of another SIP service that supports federation. For details of how it
works and how we establish trust between domains, please see the RTC
Quick Start Guide <http://rtcquickstart.org>. Please reach out to other
communities you are involved with and help them consider enabling SIP
and XMPP federation of their own communities/domains: as Metcalfe's law
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metcalfe%27s_law> suggests, each extra
person or community who embraces open standards like SIP and XMPP has
far more than just an incremental impact on the value of these standards
and makes them more pervasive.
This service has been made possible by the efforts of the DSA team
<https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/DSA> in the original SIP+WebRTC project
<http://danielpocock.com/debian-sip-federation> and the more recent
jessie upgrades and XMPP project. Real-time communications systems have
specific expectations for network latency, connectivity, authentication
schemes and various other things. Therefore, it is a great endorsement
of the caliber of the team and the quality of the systems they have in
place that they have been able to host this largely within their
existing framework for Debian services. Feedback from the DSA team has
also been helpful in improving the upstream software and packaging to
make them convenient for system administrators everywhere.