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ServerWatch: DBabble review

Jul 19, 2001, 15:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aaron Weiss)

Aaron Weiss reviews DBabble, a commercial chat/communications server that runs under Red Hat Linux, among other operating systems. He writes:

"Despite allegations that the Internet facilitates an asocial society, the fact remains that most people use the Internet to yap -- whether in e-mail or instant messages or discussion forums. This is not to say that yapping is a trivial thing; communication is vital to us all, and software manufacturers crowd the field with their attempts to appeal to our communications needs."

"With DBabble, NetWin has tried to appeal to a variety of communications needs within one integrated messaging center. With the DBabble server running on a compatible host system, users who connect to the host can exchange instant messages, engage in one-on-one real-time conversation, leave messages or attachments for each other, post to threaded discussion forums, or join real-time chat rooms. The flexible system lets users participate through a variety of channels: a Web-based interface supported by any recent JavaScript-enabled browser, Usenet newsreaders, e-mail clients, and NetWin's own client software...."

"DBabble promises to unify many of an organization's communications needs. It meets that promise -- to a point. Further polish and improved support documentation will add luster to DBabble, but its core offering is available now, and it is sound and purposeful."

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