Openfire is a an XMPP (Jabber) server. It doesn''t technically have to be run on a server platform or anything, but it probably won''t help you with your connection problem. If you are interested in running multiple IM programs side by side, I would personally recommend something like Pidgin (formally Gaim.) it can be found here, http://www.pidgin.im or for OSX Adium http://www.adiumx.com
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Hi Justin. If you really should involve Openfire in the equation you could do something like this:
Install Openfire on your own server (lets say yourserver.com).
Install the Gateway plugin on that server and enable yahoo support.
Install Spark and register a new user on yourserver.com (lets say firstname.lastname@example.org).
In Spark you could now add all your gmail- (jabber) and yahoo buddies to your email@example.com contact list.
However, if Dreamhost supports yahoo gateway on their jabberserver you could just as well keep using your dreamhost account (not installing any Openfire server) and add Yahoo users through that gateway using Spark or any other Jabber client..
Hope it helps,
You do not need openfire for what you want to do. You just need to get a chat client that support multiple server protocols. For the mac the big players are Adium and Fire. Both are really good. If you only need Jabber and AIM you can get by with iChat, as it can do both at the same time.
Thanks guys for all your help. I am sorry for not getting back with you all sooner. I am still a little confused with all of this stuff, but I will check out Adium as I have heard quite a bit about it. Thanks guys.