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I need an IM application that won’'t create tons of traffic on my network, so I need a server based application that client machines can run off and text message to each other with popup windows. The application must not require web access Can this application meet these requirements?

Can it run on apple Mac’'s?

What are system requirements?

If its so great why is it free !

Thanks!

I also notice the clients are not included, so how much traffic do the clients create I am currently using macpopup which seems to create a lot of broadcasts from client to client as there is no central server, will this stop if the wildfire IM server is installed

Wildfire does that, and it does a great job of it. The server was very easy to set up, apart from a couple of configuration issues. My satisfaction is that I have been able to try a variety of clients, and they’'ve all worked with relative amounts of success. I would recommend that you run Wildfire on a Linux box, and then choose your clients to connect to the server based on how well they work with particular operating systems.

A great place to review the different clients that are supported on a Wildfire server system is at http://www.jabber.org/software/clients.shtml. It looks like there’‘s at least one GPL-type MacOSx client available, so that’'s good news.

Personally, I recommend Gaim, because it has the lowest memory footprint of the four clients I’‘ve personally tested (Exodus, Spark, Gaim, and some other package I can’'t remember), or have heard about (Pandion).

Oh, and to be fair, the server section for Jabber/XMPP design says that Wildfire runs a server version for MacOSx (http://www.jabber.org/software/servers.shtml), but I didn’'t see it in the download list from Jive Software (http://www.jivesoftware.org/downloads.jsp). There is a version of Spark that can be used on MacOSx, but not a server.

But if you go back to the list of servers, there’'s ejabberd, jabber 1.x and jabber 2.x that are all GPL licensed, AND report to run on MacOSx.

Hi SID,

Can it run on apple Mac’'s?

I don’‘t think so, you need SUN’‘s JVM 1.5, which is imho not available for AIX and MacOS. I don’‘t know about other server applications for Mac, there may be available some. But Linux or Windows should be a better choice, a lot of users use it and so you’'ll likely get better support. I did get no reply to my AIX related question.

Clients like Spark are available for Mac anyhow.

What are system requirements?

How many concurrent users do you have? What back end systems do you want to connect? LDAP? Embedded database? 30 users run usually fine with 64 MB RAM, even 100 users are possible with 64 MB RAM.

To reduce the network traffic you should avoid to create rosters or groups, as they will be updated as soon as one goes on- or offline. Some heartbeat traffic will be sent.

If its so great why is it free !

You may pay for a customized Spark client and other nice features like Fastpath.

LG

I need an IM application that won’'t create tons of

traffic on my network, so I need a server based

application

just wondering, isn’'t that amount of traffic between clients equal to traffic between client-server-client? There will still be some traffic.

that client machines can run off and text

message to each other with popup windows.

what do you mean by that? number of jabber clients supports notifications by popups about incoming messages. And as you have mentioned that no client is bundled with Wildfire. Well there is. It’'s Spark And as i recall there is a plugin for it (SparkWords?) which adds ability to get popus about messages.

Hi SID / LG

Can it run on apple Mac’'s?

I don’‘t think so, you need SUN’'s JVM 1.5, which is

imho not available for AIX and MacOS.

Actually, you url=http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/java2se50release1.htmlcan[/url]. I do the majority of my work on my PowerBook (and soon to be MacBook Pro ) whenever I can.

Cheers,

Ryan