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LAN Chat Servers

Recently I wanted a LAN Chat Server for my CTF Network.  A few weeks ago I had used chatplus on Ubuntu, and I thought it was so easy to install and use.  For the server, all you do is sudo apt-get install chatplus_server, and start it up.  Then all the clients just need to sudo apt-get install chatplus_client, and they can connect easily to the server.  

However, my Admin box on the CTF Network is a Winblows box, so I needed a Windoze program.   I did some playing around, and it looked like the simplest solution to my needs was Openfire.

I downloaded and installed the Openfire executable, and it installed pretty easily.  I looked around, and although it said that users could create their own accounts, it sure looked to me like I had to create the accounts myself.  Here's a screenshot of the 10 users (user1-user10) I created, each with a password of "password."

By default, there's a group room called "conference" room.  So I joined it with a Pidgin client in Windoohs, and a Pidgin client in Backtrack.   Here's a screenshot of that room:

I installed pidgin in my box to see what its client would look like.  Here's that:

Since most of the players on the CTF network will be using Backtrack, I thought I'd install that and try it as well.   Here's the configuration screens to Pidgin in Backtrack:

Even though it appeared users couldn't just log in like they could when I used chatplus (meaning, it appears that I have to create an account for them before they can log in), it still seemed like a pretty neat chat program.  I'll probably leave it on the CTF for a while and see if anyone uses it.  If not, I'll probably just delete it.  


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