The Disappearance of TiK
Hi there. This note is for the curious (I'm the maintainer and head developer of GAIM). It comes to pass that AOL seems to have, well, disappeared both TiK and TNT (Their open source clients, Tcl/Tk and EMACS, respectively), and with them the documentation of the TOC protocol that we use. The .tar.gz files are still on the server, just the web pages are gone, but I feel this is simply an oversight on their part, and those will be gone as soon as they notice it. I don't understand this move, as MSN uses the Oscar (the 'real' AIM) protocol, and not TOC. Perhaps Yahoo's client used TOC -- I'm not sure though. At any rate the future of TOC is uncertain. As such, I've been taking steps to assure the continuity of AOL Instant Message service under un*x -- I've been working with the developer of libfaim to provide GAIM with Oscar support. Should TOC, one day, disappear (which appears likely. We haven't been able to contact anyone we know at AOL, and noone else is responding to our queries), those who want AIM under un*x will be but a download and a compile away from it. Anyway, just wanted to leave this note to let ya'll know that GAIM's service has in no way been affected by this MSN stuff (directly, anyway), and even should AOL take more drastic steps like removing TOC, you'll still have an IM client.
Don't let that stuff put you off! Don't _ever_ listen to anything from anyone you don't respect. The only way to have your code get really good is peer review. If they flame it, they flame it. So what? I've never seen this happen myself, though. Ignore the flames and listen to the REAL comments on your code. As a developer myself, I rarely use patches exactly as they come from user/developers, but I do use almost all of them in some form or another. _NEVER_ write something and don't submit it, it goes against the whole philosophy of free software. Even if it sucks, you'll likely get at least one mail that says 'Your code won't work for us for this reason, and this reason, and this reason..' you just learn from that and keep going. And if not, it gets used, and you get a big ego boost! Ignore the script kiddies, they don't matter a damn bit.