What is Gush?
Gush is a free, professional grade, cross-platform, instant messenger and newsreader contained in an aesthetically pleasing environment. Gush prides itself on being secure, full featured, and yet simple. Some people say its drop dead gorgeous but we're a bit more modest. Download Gush and find out what you've been missing.

Jabber Server Upgrade


The 2entwine.net server is temporarily down right now while I'm making an urgent upgrade to the database. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Update: The server is back up and running.

2entwine.net hiccups


Yesterday, unfortunately, was not a good day for our Jabber server. We had to restart our server several times due to instabilities. I've made some upgrades, and hopefully things will be smoother from here on out. If you have any problems logging into our servers, please don't hesitate to contact us.

To help out our 2entwine.net members, we'll provide a server status page.

Ubergroups partners with 2Entwine


We are pleased to announce our partnership with ubergroups.com, a terrific service oriented at helping business teams easily collaborate and manage projects online. Some key features include secure team blogging, file transfer, and group text conferencing with the ability to search and save archived content. A specialized version of Gush has been developed to help deliver a seamless experience for ubergroups.com users.

Visit ubergroups.com to see how your team can take advantage of this service.

Gush 1.3 final is out


Gush 1.3 is now available for Windows and OS X 10.3. A Linux version will be made available soon. Thanks to everyone who tried out the preview release and reported bugs to us.

Minor Issue (corrected)


Thanks to a Gush user, we found out that using Gush 1.3 with the "Jabber SSL" option set causes Gush not to log into the server. If option doesn't make any sense to you, then you're probably not using it, and it won't effect your IM sessions. The new versions are up, and ready for downloading.

Gush 1.3 Preview


Gush 1.3 Preview Release is now available. Most notable about the latest release is the inclusion of Text Conference support (Jabber's Multi-User Chat). Gush's text conferencing is full featured yet simple. Click on the thumbnails to see for yourself:
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The 1.3 release also brings with it a large number of performance improvements over the past releases. In previous release, Gush performed poorly when having to load large number of buddies or news feeds.

The MacOS X version of Gush is considerably better than the 1.2 release. Thanks to the ScreenTime folks and their amazing mProjector product for the Mac (to be released very soon), Gush is more responsive on the Mac, and it doesn't have any of the problems associated with having used Apple's WebKit to host the Flash portion.

Wes has also been very busy updating and refining the look and feel of the latest version. Download and take a look for yourself.

Once you're up and running with the new version of Gush, feel free to drop in on the Gush Help conference room (). Wes and I should be around most of the time to answer questions.

Server Maintenance


We are in the process of moving our servers to a new home, so our Jabber server will be down tonight from 9pm to 12am. Depending on the DNS propagation, you may not be able to login into a 2entwine.net account until sometime after 12am. Our web server will not be down during the move. We apologize for the inconvenience and will keep you posted on the server status.

Gush 1.2.1 Update for Linux


This is just a minor update to the XPI included in the Linux download. The new XPI is still compatible with pre .9 versions of Firefox, and is now compatible with versions .9 and up. If you've already installed Gush 1.2.0 you do not need the update. Thanks to Eric Lindvall for his help.

Gush 1.2 Released


Our 1.2 release is now stable with improvements to our PubSub support and minor bug fixes. We are already underway with our next big release and are eager to share what we have planned.

Sample PubSub Queries


's is powerful and allows you to do searches that are not possible with other services. If you're new to PubSub's service, here are some common queries to get you started:

1. PubSub can deliver updates to a website as if you were subscribed to the website's feed.
The advantage of using this approach is that PubSub will deliver the item as soon as it discovers that the item is new as opposed to the your newsreader polling the RSS/Atom feed every hour.

2. If you want to be able to see the referrers for a blog or a URL, you can use the following:
This ought to yield the same results as you would get from Technorati's service. You can do one better than Technorati by using the following:
URI:2entwine.com AND NOT SOURCE:2entwine.com
This query will get you everything that referrers to 2entwine.com except for posts on 2entwine.com itself.

3. Keeping it OT (On Topic)! If you're only interested in Linux related posts on Slashdot.org, you could use the following query:
SOURCE:slashdot.org AND (Linux OR Linus OR Torvalds)
4. PubSub can be used to aggregate and filter all at the same time. Let's say you're interested in grouping all posts about cellphones from various sites into a single PubSub feed. The following query would do just that:
cellphone AND (SOURCE:engadget.com OR SOURCE:gizmodo.com)
With this query, you would receive all the updates that mention cellphone from Engadget and Gizmodo.

Gush 1.2 Preview Release


The Gush 1.2 Preview Release is now available.

PubSub.com LogoGush's support for the PubSub service is very exciting especially for news junkies eager to find information lying around in RSS/Atom feeds. With support for PubSub built into Gush, search queries can be constructed and news items will come pouring in near-real time as PubSub discovers new items in RSS/Atom land. Read our tutorial about getting started with PubSub inside of Gush.

The 1.2 release is essentially the 1.1 release with support for PubSub.com's news service. Work on the features as outlined in the road map for 1.2 have been put on hold for the past two weeks while we added PubSub support. All of the features in the road map will now be in the 1.3 release.

Server Outage


Our co-location facility is requiring our machines to be shutdown from 7AM to 9AM tomorrow morning. We'll hopefully be back up shortly after 9AM.

Announcement protocol available


Documentation for Gush's announcement mechanism in now available. Developers for other jabber clients and services should refer to this document for protocol and implementation details.

Power Outage


We just experienced a minor power outage at our service provider. The website and the Jabber server are back up.

[ Update ] It seems that we're not out of the woods just yet. A couple of reboots since last night, but hopefully no more.



Update: Since we decided to squeeze in our PubSub support early and due to the large number of improvements that the next version of Gush will bring, the release version has been updated from 1.2 to 2.0

Lots of people have been asking what we have slated for the next release, or when will their favorite IM/Newsreader feature will be included. Typically, our answers range from "you mean we need another release?" to "that feature will be included over my dead body."

We've put together a list of things we think are necessary to take Gush to the next level. Our goal is to get 2.0 out in about 6 to 8 weeks.

Here are the "big ticket" items we have planned for 2.0:

Continue reading "Roadmap"

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