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Public Jabber servers

Hi,

I am learning to create an IM client that can connect to GTalk, MSN, etc. I do not have access to a Jabber server, but I found this list of public ones here on jabberes.org

http://www.jabberes.org/servers/servers_by_gateway_qq.html

and also here: http://www.jabberes.org/servidores

Is there anyone that can tel me how to use it? I tried to do a service discovery to servers like msn.pluser.ru and such, but I got a “host-unknown” error. Do I need to login first to pluser.ru or something? How bout to jabberes.org?

Pretty confusing… there are no instructions anywhere…