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Server-based IM

We are looking to have IM that is server-based - so that our clients don’'t have to download anything. When they login to our site, they can automaticalky have access to the IM without a download. Is that what should be able to happen with Openfire?

Also, we just need the Normal edition, not the Enterprise edition to be able to do this, right?

One last question to be clear - Openfire is the back end (Admin panel) for Spark, right?

Thank you!

Julie Erickson

creativechatter wrote:

One last question to be clear - Openfire is the back end (Admin panel) for Spark, right?

Openfire is a standalone Jabber-Server. You can build your own Jabber-Network with it. All users who want to use it can connect to this server using a Jabber-Client. There are many different Jabber-Clients, e.g. Psi, Gajim, Spark, …

creativechatter wrote:

When they login to our site, they can automaticalky have access to the IM without a download. Is that what should be able to happen with Openfire?

No, Openfire is just a Server. You will need a client to connect to it. But there are web-based clients, like the (commercial) Spark-Web, which is realized as a plugin for openfire.

Another (free) web-based client is JBother. It is written in Java and supports Java-Webstart, but you will need an installed Java JRE. Another way is a complete web-based client like Meebo.com. This one is free to use, but you can’'t install it on your own server.

In my opinion web-based clients are not the right way to convince someone from the benefits of the Jabber/XMPP-Protocol. Its better to write some step-by-step tutorials how to install an jabber-client, which is not that complicated.

Coolcat

Hi Julie

did you take a look at the Red5 Plugin which includes JWChat?

I don’'t know how hard it is to create a Spark Webstart package, this could also be an option, but one which uses a lot of bandwidth.

LG