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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.

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 '14 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 '14 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 '14 at 19:32

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