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. http://www.igniterealtime.org/projects/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.