If you need a chat server for your company either for internal communication or for client/customer support, you could spend the time and energy building that server from scratch, or you could have it up and running in about five minutes with the help of Ubuntu Snap and Rocket.Chat.
Rocket.Chat is a proven, open source chat server that is highly configurable and can easily serve your company. When installing the Rocket.Chat Snap package, the process of setting this system up is so easy nearly anyone can tackle the task.
Let me show you.
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I'll demonstrate the process on a Ubuntu 16.10 setup. Although Ubuntu 16.10 does ship with snapd installed by default, you may be using an earlier iteration of platform. If that's the case, you can install this necessary piece of the puzzle, by opening a terminal window and issuing the command:
sudo apt-get install snap
Type your sudo password, hit Enter, and allow the installation to complete.
Installing the Rocket.Chat server
Now we have to install the Rocket.Chat server; this is done by means of the Snap system and couldn't possibly be any easier. Go back to your terminal window and issue the command:
sudo snap install rocketchat-server
Snap will download the rocketchat-server package to make it available on your system. This download can take awhile, so find another task to do while this completes. When Snap finishes the process, you'll see:
rocketchat-server (stable) 0.42.0 from 'rocketchat' installed
Note: The release number may vary, depending upon when you install.
Connecting to the Rocket.Chat server
You're ready to connect to your Rocket.Chat server. Open a browser window and point it to http://IP_OF_SERVER:3000 (IP_OF_SERVER is your server's actual IP address). You'll be presented with the login/register page (Figure A).
Logging into/registering your Rocket.Chat account.
Once you've logged in, you can create/join a channel, send direct messages, and so much more. All of this in approximately five minutes.
Rocket.Chat + Snap = impressive
If you've ever wanted to add a chat server to your data center but didn't want to spend the budget or take the time to deploy such a service, the combination of Rocket.Chat and Snap will remove every concern you have. Once you take the time to set this up, you'll be impressed with its ease of installation and use. Rocket.Chat and Snap are ready to extend your internal and external services.
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