Episode 508 — Build a Free Instant Messaging Server in 10 Mins, Wii Homebrew, Doom2 returns!

Matt builds a free XMPP/Jabber server in under 10 minutes. Shannon has the low down on Wii Homebrew in regards to Nintendo’s new Wii System Menu 4.0 and Darren just can’t stop playing Doom2.

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Show Notes

Free Instant Messaging Server

Openfire is by far the easiest Jabber implementation I’ve ever had the pleasure of installing, setting up and administering.

However, in utilizing open source licensing, and a great plugin API, Openfire is a lot more than just a Jabber server.

Another great use for Openfire is the ability to control corporate IM connectivity by setting it up as a gateway server between services like AIM & MSN and your users.

From a singular client, your users can have both their corporate and private contacts.

If you’re looking for a very powerful and easy to use corporate / public jabber implementation, you really should check out Openfire.

For more info on the setup of Openfire, check out my blog at MattLestock.com


Wii Homebrew Update

As you may have noticed Nintendo released Wii System Menu 4.0 at GDC and with it comes a few changes to Wii homebrew.

First and foremost this means a sweet farewell to our friend the Twilight hack. It has served us well. If you update to 4.0 you won’t be able to use the Twilight hack to install the homebrew channel or other homebrew apps.

If you’re still a version behind your best to use the twilight hack now and install the homebrew channel and DVDX as they survive the update. After upgrading to 4.0 you’ll be able to continue using homebrew channel, download new homebrew from the homebrew browser, and add apps from SD.

New exploits are being researched by the homebrew community and we’ll keep you updated when a new process is developed for installing homebrew post 4.0.

Wii Homebrew picks this week are Snes9x GX — an awesome SNES emulator based on Snes9x. Brutal Mario — an excellent custom mario level with unique ASM hacks and bosses. And MTP Demo.

“Doom II” Skulltag

What can I say, I love Doom! One thing is for sure, I’m not the only one. The fine folks at Skulltag love Doom as well.

This month our LAN Party is Skulltag — an epic port of the original Doom and Doom II. It brings the classic first person shooter into the 21st century while maintaining the essence of what made Doom great for so many years. I highly recommend you check it out and get involved in this all-month-long LAN Party at doom.hak5.wpengine.com.

If you don’t already have a copy of doom.wad or doom2.wad grab a legit copy from steam for $10 or grab the open source iWad FreeDoom!

Happy Fragging

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  • Greg D.

    Just a couple of Questions:

    What os is Matt running during the openfire install?
    What would be the best Solution to implement an IPS/IDS for a Home user?

    Thanks guys (and you to shannon)
    Love the show, keep up the Good work

  • FrankTheTank

    Great video!!! I was looking for a free LAN chat for a couple of days now, and this was the perfect solution. It took me about half an hour to set up the server on a box running Cent/OS. Added 2 user our company in San Diego, San Francisco, and Texas. I plan to add more users, perhaps a total of 30. There’s a cool “Buzz” Feature that alerts the user when the have a new IM. The only problem I had was download in the rpm. Great Episode everyone.

    Question – Would their be a problem if we added more than 50 users?

  • chA1nBull3t

    3.2 is still the “Goldenware” so for those who have homebrew enabled (and cIOS’ for 4.0), it’s very possible to downgrade. It’s very easy to do but there’s also the risk of bricking the Wii.

    However, for those who are already on 3.3 or lower, I recommend getting Preloader. This too has a risk of bricking Wii’s but if the current firmware you hold is <= 3.3, there are many further updates (via DVD’s/Games) that you can use with a SaveMii dongle to unbrick.

    Preloader will even help to make a Wii very unbrickable; or if anything, very easy to repair/unbrick.

  • El Di Pablo

    Hey guys! Great show as always. I really liked Matt’s Openfire piece. In fact, my company has been wanting something like that for a while, but budgets are tight. They actually let me setup Openfire on Ubuntu server 64 bit. I used the MySQL option with LDAP support. It is working awesomely! I am working on a write-up on installing it on Ubuntu 9.04 which will post Monday 4/20 at Bauer-Power. Of course a huge shout-out will be in there for Matt and Hak5!


  • Rickles

    Hey guys and gal! Great show, first time I’ve actually seen it. Great info and well presented.

    I’m sure I’ll get some flame from this, but I don’t mean it to be flame bait.

    Curious as to why the alcohol is present in the show? Is it really needed? For every positive bit of information offered, the open display of alcohol just dropped it back to frat level IMHO.

    I think the show format shows a laid back attitude which I really enjoy, and the information is strong, accurate and well presented. I just don’t see the need for the alcohol.

  • GodSponge

    The Alpha release of Bannerbomb is out and can install the Homebrew Channel on a v4 Wii. Also, the relatively new BootMii is a great boot2 replacement and allows you to backup and restore your whole system. If you brick your system menu, you can still boot into BootMii and recover from a backup. It’s very much like Preloader, but it has a prettier interface and works a bit better. BootMii is in Alpha or Beta also, but it worked great for me and I have successfully recovered a bricked Wii with it.

  • Banner Bob

    I’ve set up a web site where i’ve assembled all the best wii hacking information available on the internets, visit my site at http://bannerbomb.net and you too will now be the proud owner of a fully hacked wii! I’ve also got a full tutorial on how to hack the wii ver 4.2 without the need for any kind of game, all you need is an SD card! All of this information is of course free!

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