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I have two PCs (one Win7 and one Ubuntu 13.04) connected to the internet via the same router, on the same wi-fi network.

Is there any software I can install on both PCs so that the two users can text chat with each other over the LAN, without access to anyone else on the internet?

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Install openssh-server on Ubuntu and download Putty on Windows machine.

open terminal on Ubuntu and launch Putty and login into Ubuntu from Windows.

Run wall command on both ends and start chatting. Type something and hit ctrl-d to "send" it. Ctrl-c finishes chat.

You can play with talk or write commands as well.

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Thanks @jet....I'll give it a try, but I was looking for a more GUI based approach.... – charlie May 19 '13 at 14:44
Something that would appeal to the non-linux person using windows!! – charlie Oct 2 '13 at 14:10

Why not use skype? Search for it in the software center, and if it asks to add a software source just let it.

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@handuel...Thanks... but I am looking for a simple text chat interface..I have updated the question accordingly. – charlie May 19 '13 at 15:45

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