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Presently I use "iptux" for sending messages and sharing files over my hostel LAN, but the interface isn't quite convenient. Is there a better LAN messaging and file-sharing application on Ubuntu? I don't intend to use "samba" as I need to send messages too. If you need the specifications; Ubuntu 12.10, Unity 6.

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Checkout the open source project Openfire, its a jabber protocol server so you will be able to setup your own private network and still use popular applications like Pidgin as it uses the XMPP protocol.

http://www.igniterealtime.org/projects/openfire/plugins.jsp

Checkout the plugin page to see how extensible it is and if it meets your needs.

It's java based so install should be a breeze.

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I am not able to figure out how do I share a file using this, can you please elaborate? –  Jobin Jan 7 at 4:02
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