Here is a quick presentation of Jabber and Jabber communities around Debian.
Jabber is an open instant messaging protocol based on “Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol” (a.k.a. XMPP).
To join a conference or chat room you'll need a client software. Debian is shipped with several of them, run apt(itude)? or debtags (?learn more about Debtags) to make your choice :
apt-cache search jabber
aptitude search "~djabber ~snet ~dclient"
debtags search "protocol::jabber && network::client"
For a list of available clients, see JabberClients.
Non Official Debian chat rooms on Jabber
Here is a list of rooms in different languages. There is no room for your own language in that list? Feel free to add new rooms details. If there isn't, you can create your own and put together a community, Jabber is open, Jabber is easy .
General talking about Debian : firstname.lastname@example.org
French speaking room, General talking and support.
Salon de discussion dédié à Debian : email@example.com
Debate about fun and suffering with various *nixes of all sorts but a lot of people running Debian.
Diskuse o radostech a strastech v *nixech všeho druhu : firstname.lastname@example.org
Hangout place for Debian Community in India: email@example.com
How to get help on Jabber
The sames rules apply to Jabber, IRC and mailing list. Please refer to "On getting help with IRC" wiki page for instance.
Here is a quick summary of the main points :
Don't ask to ask, just ask
Write properly respecting your own language, you're not on your cell phone or with your chat buddies.
Try to give us relevant information about your problem :
“<something> is not working, what should I do?” is not for instance.
But pay attention not to flood the chat room with endless log or configuration files, use paste.debian.net
Be polite and patient, these people are all volunteers, this is not their paid job to answer you.
Don't be lazy, read the documentation.
You may read that famous how-to about “How to ask questions the smart way”.
Official Jabber web site : http://www.jabber.org/
Spanish community : http://www.jabberes.org/
French community : http://www.jabberfr.org/