Comparison of LAN messengers

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The following tables compare general and technical information for a number of LAN messengers.

Contents

General information

Basic general information about the LAN messengers: creator/company, license/price, among others.

Author / Creator First public release date Latest stable version Cost (USD) Software license Programming language
AChat Michal Hruby 2005 beta 7 (v0.150) (January 24, 2007; 7 year(s) ago) Free [1] GNU/GPL Delphi
Akeni LAN Messenger Akeni 2002 1.2.114 (January 13, 2009; 5 year(s) ago) Non-freeShareware (16.95) Proprietary ?
BigAnt Messenger BigAnt 2001 2.50 (July 8, 2009; 4 year(s) ago) Non-freeShareware (20.00) Proprietary ?
Bopup Messenger B Labs 2001 5.4.7 (December 24, 2009; 4 year(s) ago) Non-freeShareware (12.90) Proprietary C++
BORGChat Ionut Cioflan 2002 Template:Latest stable release/BORGChat Free [2] Freeware ?
iChat Apple Inc. 2003  ? (October 26, 2007; 6 year(s) ago) Non-freeBundled with OS Proprietary ?
Inbit Messenger [[]] [[]] 4.50 () Non-free Proprietary ?
LAN Chat Enterprise KGY Soft 2001 3.3, (May 29, 2007; 6 year(s) ago) Non-freeShareware (12.00) Proprietary ?
LinPopUp Jean-Marc Jacquet 2000 1.2.0 (Debian, April 7, 2008; 5 year(s) ago) Free [3] GNU/GPL C
Net-C DGtalize 2008 0.1.2 (February 11, 2009; 5 year(s) ago) Free [4] GNU/GPL Java
Pichat Piratson Technologies 2002 0.4.2 (September 21, 2009; 4 year(s) ago) Free [5] Freeware C++
PopNote K5HUM 2003 3.6 (July 1, 2009; 4 year(s) ago) Free [6] Freeware HotBasic
Softros LAN Messenger Softros Systems, Inc. 2000 4.4.1 (May 15, 2009; 4 year(s) ago) Non-freeShareware (10.95) Proprietary ?
Winpopup LAN Messenger Fomine Software 2002 5.3 (June 18, 2008; 5 year(s) ago) Non-freeShareware (14.95) Proprietary ?

Operating system support

The operating systems the messengers can run on without emulation or compatibility layers.

Windows Mac OS X Linux BSD Unix
AChat Yes No No No No
Akeni LAN Messenger Yes No Yes No No
BigAnt Messenger Yes No No No No
Bopup Messenger Yes No No No No
BORGChat Yes No No No No
iChat No Yes No No No
LAN Chat Enterprise Yes No No No No
LinPopUp No No Yes No No
Net-C Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Pichat Yes No Yes Yes No
PopNote Yes No No No No
Softros LAN Messenger Yes No No No No
Winpopup LAN Messenger Yes No No No No

Features

Information on what features each of the clients support.

Toolkits or SDKs Private messages Private chat Public chat Message board Encryption File transfer Unicode (UTF-8) Message filtration Graphical smileys Message logging Whiteboard Terminal Service Compatibility User base in Active Directory Serverless (No server required)
AChat No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No No Yes No No No Yes
Akeni LAN Messenger No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
BigAnt Messenger W32 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No
Bopup Messenger No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
BORGChat No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes
iChat 1 No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No No No No No No Yes
LAN Chat Enterprise No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No No No No No Yes
LinPopUp No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No No No No No No Yes
Net-C No Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No Yes No No No No Yes
Pichat W32 + Linux Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes
PopNote No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No No Yes No No No Yes
Softros LAN Messenger W32 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No Yes No Yes
Winpopup LAN Messenger W32 Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes

Note 1: Using Apple's Bonjour protocol

See also

References

  1. SourceForget AChat: GNU General Public License
  2. Softpedia BORGChat: Freeware
  3. SourceForget LinPopUp-2: GNU General Public License
  4. SourceForget Net-C: GNU General Public License
  5. Brothersoft Pichat: Freeware
  6. Softpedia PopNote: Freeware
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