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I'd recommend Isotoxin for what you're describing. It couldn't be easier to setup and run, and the LAN messaging is hard to beat for really strong privacy/security (assuming you're on the same network or VPN). Unfortunately I've only tested it with 1:1 interactions, no groups.
- As I noted the other day, BRIM looks pretty good but is a bit early stage.
- Mattermost is open and has real support behind it (portability is unclear)
- Discord has some great and easy groupchat features, but I think is ultimately a little distracting
- Telegram has excellent file sharing capabilities if that's something you need.
My employer uses Slack as well. It's not that good in my experience: in particular, it's not portable, and it's heavy and uses a ton of RAM.
Slack does have a feature-limited free version for use with small groups, which I think was created to compete with Microsoft Teams.
You can run the thing entirely within a Web browser, which uses fewer resources. I like the program, though I don't see it as dramatically better than other available options. I will say that the iOS mobile client notifications are junk (sort of an important feature for a messaging program) so I'm not sure when someone's messaging me. Hopefully that's a temporary bug.
Cisco also put out a program to compete on collaborative software, the very unoriginal Cisco WebEx Teams (formerly "Spark"). It has some nice features and Softpedia is listing it as freemium but it's just trialware. With the exception of some open source work, Cisco doesn't do anything for free.