So I was at work today and found that myself and a colleague were unable to communicate as we were both on separate sites with no signal on our mobiles. This gave me the idea of hosting my own basic IM server as most IM services are blocked through our firewall but my home server is allowed.
Currently I run a few Ubuntu 12.04 VMs and am ideally looking for a very simple web based, self hosted IM server. As basic as just defining a temporary username for that session only would be fine as I don’t really want user accounts if I can help it.
I’ve looked into Jabber which may be a viable option, but wondered if anyone else had done something similar?