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Instant Messaging within BarNet with Jabber using GAIM

Introduction

BarNet has its own Instant Messaging server, based on the XMMP or Jabber. With it you can send messages to your collegues in your chamber, to the reception and to other people who are using a Jabber based IM client.

The difference between Jabber and other IM protocols is that it is a distributed and open IM system: Instead of being locked in at one provider (AOL, ICQ, MSN) and not being able to reach the other networks, Jabber servers are located inside user networks and are operated by the organisations themselves.

Gaim goes even further: You can use it too to connect other IM networks like Yahoo! Messenger, ICQ and MSN Messenger. One client to rule them all!

Technical Details

The server is: jabber.barnet.com.au
Your jabber account is: yourbarnetusername@barnet.com.au
And your password is your BarNet password.

Installation walkthrough for Gaim

This document describes the installation of the Jabber client Gaim. It can be downloaded from the official website or from the the BarNet Documentation Website as the BarNet Jabber Server - Gaim.


And start the installation script. Just press Next a couple of times.


After click through several dialogboxes it is installed!

Select the Accounts option.


In screen name, use your BarNet username. In server, use barnet.com.au. As password, use your BarNet password. And as alias, use your favourite nickname. Select the options and click on Show more options.


As Connect server, use jabber.barnet.com.au. Then, if this is the first time you use the BarNet Jabber server, use the Register option, otherwise just Save it.


Then, when you start the program, it will show up like this, and you have to press the Sign on button.


You're online! But there is nobody there yet. Select the option Buddies -> Add Buddy.


As Screen Name, use their BarNet username: theirbarnetusername@barnet.com.au. You can give them a nickname and put them in a group.

Of course it doesn't have to be somebody inside BarNet, if you have friends with a Jabber client on different servers you can add them as easily.


Now they're there!


Double click on a name to talk with them.


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