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I am currently creating a website for my university college and we would like to add chat functionality so freshers can ask questions to older students. I am stick with the Uni's limited linux servers and i would like to know what the best open source chatroom code I can get is.
I have access to the MySQL server and can use PHP. That's about it. I already checked java is not installed so that rules out a java server.
Any help would be much appreciated.
Oh also...I will take recommendations for websites that host a chatroom for free (Like frappr but with a better design and features). To be honest I don't want to do this as I like experimenting with new software but if there isn't any it will do as a last resort!
You could try using an IRC channel on one of the more reputable networks, like FreeNode. FreeNode might not be a great choice, since I don't think what you want it for is "peer-oriented", but they might let you anyway, and there isn't any harm in asking.
You might want to have a look at Joomla. It doesn't have a chat room out of the box, but there are extensions to allow chats, including a version of Shoutbox. Since Joomla uses just PHP and MySQL, it should work on your rig.
It would handy to know some more about the exact context you're thinking of... for example there are lightweight solutions such as IRC and web-page popup chat environments like 'Gabbly' that might do the trick... so any more specifics would be great...