So I spend a lot of time at the Comms Room here in the SF chat, and I absolutely love the interface. It's a proprietary software, so, anyone know any open or free alternative that even begins to look like the SE chat?
I searched before posting and most of the questions are solved using jabber. I already have jabber with multiuser capabilities, what I need is a web chat that can be reliable used by my organization that is easier than a jabber client.
Example: my organization has various non-tech people that need to discuss stuff daily, from 4 different cities plus international participants. A quality web chat is way easier than explaining how to use a VPN and Pidgin to connect to the jabber client.
EDIT: It must run on GNU/Linux. And CGI-IRC would probably need to leave the IRC server exposed (and IRC servers are not that safe). Campfire is a good tool, but it's paid and hosted, I would prefer something running on my network.