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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 and the files sent/received don't reach the destination completely a lot of times.

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.

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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? –  i08in Jan 7 at 4:02

The libpurple based instant messengers Pidgin (Linux & Windows) and Adium (Mac OS) have support for the XMPP-based Bonjour chat protocol which is server-less on the local network and supports file transfers¹.

¹ Apparently file transfer doesn't work in all situations with all clients e. g. with iChat.

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File transfer is crucial in my case. –  i08in Sep 7 at 11:06
    
Since file transfer seems to work between libpurple clients on all platforms, you could just use those instead of iChat or others. –  David Foerster Sep 7 at 19:32

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