Registering an account
To get an account log into one of the shell servers, run
jabber-reg and give the password you wish your account to have when prompted. Due to the way the authentication works it would be preferable (but not essential) for the password to be different from the one for your Tardis login. You can also use
jabber-reg to reset your password. Your Jabber ID will be user
Clients and connecting to the server
Note that the server always insists on encryption (using SSL or TLS) to ensure some protection for passwords during login. Most clients handle this automatically, but you may have to turn it on in the client's options.
A gateway to the local IRC server is available. It appears as a group chat on
irc.experi.tardis.ed.ac.uk with the rooms named as channel
%irchost, without a leading #. For example, to join the Tardis IRC channel I would join
A Jabber multiuser chat service is available on
conference.experi.tardis.ed.ac.uk. Only Tardis users can create rooms on it, but any Jabber user should be able to use them once created.
General information on Jabber can be found on [the Jabber Software Foundation's site]. The standardised parts of the protocol are called the Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) which has it's [own website].
The server used on Tardis is [ejabberd], an XMPP-compliant server written in Erlang.