Anyone happen to know / or has experience of a solid working LAN Messenger?
Would prefer a dedicated messenger service, so mentions of ICQ, Miranda etc... aren't really what I'm looking for. I do understand Miranda has a plugin for this, but as I said, I'm looking more for a dedicated software to do this.
Googling hasn't yielded much results, but the first link does look promising (http://messenger.softros.com/) but you have to pay for it (kinda hoping there's a free / open alternative).
I've been advised to look into XMPP, specifically Jabber - of which I'm leaning towards "ejabberd" after doing a little research. However, as I understand I need to install both a client and a server so will probably need to undertsnad how it works which would take some time.
Feel free to let me know of any that you either use / or know of. Many thanks!
Edit - Systems to be used on will be Vista & Win 7 (32bit)