Ring’s development team has important information about the project to share with the community.
Reluctantly, after many months of hesitation, Ring becomes Jami.
Indeed, at the moment, there are many commercial products (some with Ring-like features) protected by trademarks called Ring. This creates a lot of confusion for the users. We know that since we are a GNU package, we could retain our right to use that name. However, we prefer to use our energy to do what we know and can do best: develop new features and ensure the constant improvement of our project.
After many discussions between us, we chose Jami as the new project name.
The project is accessible via https://jami.net.
The name of a project is always a sensitive and emotional subject. We hope the community will understand the decision to change their name. Changing your name is also an opportunity to reinvent yourself or to mark an important milestone. This name comes at the right time for us.
After four years of effort and development, we are proud to introduce a free, universal distributed communication system that enables secure and reliable communication between users. Over the past year, we have been working to make the software more reliable and robust. There is still a lot of work to be done, but now we think Jami is ready for everyday use. To ensure the success of the project, it is not only a question of providing the best technology, but also a framework to facilitate its adoption. That is why we asked the Free Software Foundation to put this project under protection as a GNU package.
We consider, as professionals, that a GPLv3 + license is the most appropriate license for this type of project. It is also the best possible framework to meet the challenge of ensuring the sustainability of the project, while creating value for our users in terms of confidentiality of communication. The contribution to the development of the ecosystem is one of the fundamental conditions for the success and viability of this platform.
By using a multitude of different tools and technologies, requiring low-level as well as high-level development and being one of the few projects using distributed technology, opportunities for cooperation are opening up to the community and its contributors.
In order to guarantee the success of the project, we need you and your contribution!
We also believe that another condition for its adoption is the creation of a viable commercial ecosystem. We want to encourage this and facilitate the development of the services offered by Jami.
Technically, in the coming months, we want to offer a group discussion feature. This challenge is not simple in a distributed system, but we think we need to do it. We also want to be able to use hardware coding and enable the use of 4K technology. We will also put our efforts to build a stronger Windows version that has been neglected for far too long.
Our goal is to be ready to introduce these improvements in the spring.
We hope that the community will remain as active and supportive as ever.
To contribute to the project, do not hesitate to visit our Gitlab at https://git.ring.cx
The Jami team