Launch and login

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Login: (note % instead of @!!!)
Password: **** (get first or new:
Resource: BuddySpace2.6 (arbitrary text string)
Port: 5223 (or 5222 if not using SSL)
[X] Use SSL connection (recommended)

  • Following installation, find and run (or double-click) the file buddyspace.bat or one of the shortcut icons that was optionally provided during installation.
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  • Select 'Connect' from the Jabber menu on the left, as shown in Figure 1, or click on the little 'Connect icon' beneath the top menu,

    Figure 1. Just launched, ready to connect
    (using Mac Aqua look & feel on a Windows PC)

  • A login box, like those shown in Figures 2a and 2b, will appear.

    Fig 2a: 'new-style' login to, showing a user
    whose email address is
    note the use of a '%' in place of the '@' in the login name!

    Fig 2b: old-style logins for
    In fact, many different hosts can be used, depending which group you are affiliated with.

Below are our recommended login settings. They assume you are using our own server, but in fact you can use BuddySpace with other public Jabber servers, or a dedicated server at your own institution, in which case you can opt to use other settings.

[Since v2.5.1 - 27-Feb-2004 - the default 'host' is, but other hosts, such as, continue to exist, and indeed BuddySpace can be used with any Jabber server for which you have an account]

  • Your 'Login' name, for users of the host, is normally your email address with a '%' (percent sign) in place of the '@', e.g. in figure 2a you'll see that someone with the email address

    has the login name

    If you continue to use the (older, pre-February 2004 server at) and you are an Open University staff member or student, your login name is identical to your OU Computer User name ('OUCU'), typically a few letters and a number such as rsj359 or jkl255. However, for non-OU users of (typically research colleagues working on projects with KMi researchers) security requirements require us to assign a name to you in advance, in which case you will have a name consisting of first letter(s) plus surname, such as jbloggs or djsmithers.

  • Your 'Password', if you are an Open University staff member or student, is identical to your normal OU network login password. All users of the new (post-February 2004) server at can change their password, get a new password (or indeed their very first password) emailed to them, and update their user details by visiting the WebAdmin page.

    Non-OU users of the (older, pre-February 2004) server at have their password assigned by us initially, but can then change it here.

  • 'Resource' is simply a unique identifier of your own choosing, so that if you use multiple clients, or different computers in different locations, you can keep track of which is which. The default we recommend is 'BuddySpace2.5', but over time you may want to change this to be something like 'BuddySpace-Home-Laptop' or similar.

  • Your 'Host' (the name of the server that connects you to all the Jabber services) will normally be one of the Open University's Jabber servers:, or
    or a similar one (you will be told which one, or the setting will have been created for you already and pre-filled-in). You can equally set up accounts on other public servers, such as or or numerous others listed on

  • The standard 'Port' for ordinary Jabber connections is 5222, and for Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Jabber connections is 5223.

  • Use SSL connection: if you select this Secure Sockets Layer check-box (available in versions 2.5.1 and later), the port number above will automatically be changed to 5223... but you can over-ride this if you are working with a host that uses a different port number (your Jabber service provider would normally tell you if this is the case).

  • Save the 5 values above: you may want the details you fill in on this form to be temporary, e.g. if you're experimenting with multiple accounts, but for many users it will be preferable to click on the 'Save' checkbox in order to be sure that your login details are automatically saved for your next login (this therefore has the same effect as the Save button on the Jabber... Preferences... Login dialogue box)

At this point you can normally just press the Log in button.

  • 'New Account' is the button you would press when creating a brand new account of your own choosing with a Jabber service provider that allowed you to do this! (e.g. and numerous others). You are not allowed to do this on,, or at the moment, but we provide the button for the benefit of users of other services.

It is worth noting that your login+host together make up what is known as your 'Jabber ID' [JID]. This looks like, but is not, an email address. For example, a complete JID of an 'internal Jabber user' at the Open University looks something like this: or, etc. In contrast, a complete JID of an 'external user' at the Open University looks like this: ; If you were running via a public server such as, then you might have a JID such as And a user, as in figure 2a above, has a complete JID that looks like this:

This last example illustrates why the '@' sign is changed to a '%' sign for the login name: two '@' signs are not allowed in Jabber IDs. All of this is useful to bear in mind when you are adding contacts to your personal roster.