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Are there any freeware tools for messaging within a LAN. I have come across IPMSG and BorgChat, but I find their UI to be not so appealing. Any other alternatives?

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How About squiggle ? Its free/open source LAN client.

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Have you tried Softros LAN Messenger? Interface is very friendly, but the minus is 30 free days trial only.

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You could try Teamtalk - it is free for team size of up to 5. Works across Windows & Mac. Also offers file/folder sharing and remote desktop.

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You can run server-free Bonjour (aka ZeroConf aka Avahi) and an instant messenger who is capable of this, eg. Pidigin.

You just install Bonjour, and Pidgin (or an other programm supporting Bonjour) detects available users in the lan. Works on Windows, Linux, *BSD, Mac.

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iChat is the de facto Bonjour chat app on OS X. –  Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Jun 30 '10 at 14:05
    
works on mostly meant that no matter what client you have, the bonjour stuff takes away a lot of pain in the lan (well, except that you have to route it between several subnets :)) –  akira Jun 30 '10 at 14:34
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You could run your own Jabber/XMPP server on your LAN and have your users use this?

Jabber/XMPP

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Thanks for the info Richard, but I would prefer standalone peer-peer instant messaging software to running a separate Jabber server –  Ram Jun 30 '10 at 6:19
    
No problem, you might want to give other folks looking at this question a bit of a helping hand and give some idea as to what you need messaging for! 8-) –  Richard Jun 30 '10 at 10:09
    
maybe put some links to xmpp-server software? igniterealtime.org/projects/openfire, or ejabberd? –  akira Jun 30 '10 at 13:30
    
Just a bit overkill unless you have another use for the server, or cannot use one of the other tools for some reason. –  Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Jun 30 '10 at 14:07
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