IRC Clients

Phishfry

Beastie's Twin

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I am looking for a lightweight IRC client that works under Xorg.
I am looking at irc/lostirc which is a minimalist x client. I am concerned it is so old.

My question is have there been any major changes to IRC which would make unsupported clients obsolete? How about security. Can IRC do bad things to my computer generally?

I have some technical questions and want to checkout other avenues.
 

kpedersen

Son of Beastie

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As far as I know, the IRC protocol has not changed for a long time and it is unlikely it ever will.

The IRC RFC was out in 1993 (https://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc1459.txt).

Even Microsoft Comic Chat (from Windows 95 era) still works... Really well actually, I highly recommend trying it because it is such a cool idea.

Since all the cool kids these days are using slack (which is a real shame since it is simply a single company's product), I don't believe there will ever be any new breaking features in newer IRC servers.

For my personal use, I like Irssi over ssh/terminal or Xchat when using a DE. I actually find XChat quite light compared to other desktop software these days.

Also, if you already have firefox installed, there is a chatzilla plugin for it.
 

StreetDancer

Active Member

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Phishfry,

I am an active IRC person and I've used IRC for more than half my life. Currently I am using XChat in LXDE, which is working fantastic. Both LXDE and XChat are lightweight, just like kpedersen mentioned. After talking with the regulars in #FreeBSD and #FreeBSD-Social , people seem to like a console version of IRC Client known as "WeeChat". I have installed it, however, I haven't had time to learn it as of yet.

Best Regards,

Brandon
 

Beeblebrox

Aspiring Daemon

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I wanted an IRC client that would (like IRC-Cloud, but free)
a) Relay answers after I left the channel and
b) Have an Android app.
irc/quassel seems to have this, although I am far from testing it. IDK whether one must setup their own irc/quassel-core on a hosting server or whether quassel has an existing relay that you can register with.
Quassel does have an Android app, so I assume a relay exists. Since most IRC is publicly logged anyway, privacy is an ex-parrot in this case.
 

ShelLuser

Son of Beastie

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Note that IRSSI is build on Perl and also allows you to extend on that using Perl making it most likely one of the most flexible IRC clients there is.
 

jrm@

Daemon
Developer

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A nice irc bouncer is irc/znc. It isn't tied to any particular irc client. I conect to it with erc, a client that works inside Emacs.
 

NivekOgre

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SORRY for bumping, B U T there's this VERY NICE irc called Srain , OH it would be something if some NICE HEARTED dev could port it to us...
I've compiled it on 12.1, but i'm pretty sure something's not right... It gives me an error while opening, and after closing it it keeps the process running... (i just had to patch the Makefile for it to consider gmake instead make, THEN i tried to copy the structure of /ports/irc/bitchx and comparing/editing accordingly with the Openbsd port with no success)

Just hope to touch someone's heart here. One love.
 

zader

Active Member

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no love for bitchX ? :( nice lightweight C compiled irc with tcl scripting .. ultra powerful..
 

Zirias

Son of Beastie

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no love for bitchX ? :( nice lightweight C compiled irc with tcl scripting .. ultra powerful..
Not really .. I moved from bitchX to irssi *many* years ago and it was really an improvement :) irssi is pretty lightweight as well. I especially like the irssi-proxy feature. Oh and, it actually sees new releases ;)
 

m0nkey_

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I wanted an IRC client that would (like IRC-Cloud, but free)
a) Relay answers after I left the channel and
b) Have an Android app.
irc/quassel seems to have this, although I am far from testing it. IDK whether one must setup their own irc/quassel-core on a hosting server or whether quassel has an existing relay that you can register with.
Quassel does have an Android app, so I assume a relay exists. Since most IRC is publicly logged anyway, privacy is an ex-parrot in this case.
If you want something IRC Cloud like, then check out The Lounge. It's Node.js based. It's become my daily driver for IRC and I have it deployed on Digital Ocean VPS. Great for just using any web browser and start chatting, supports push notifications on Android too.
 
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