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i was in a chatroom the other day and there was this guy in there for two hours despereatly trying to get mirc going under wine... I couldn't figure out for the life of me why he'd bother with such an utterly pointless thing when there are perfectly good clients around... he would only say the he liked it.. fool. guess that's what you get from being stuck in windows so long, narrow mindedness.
"KDE IRC" is a bad catagory, as KDE has not one but two clients for IRC, kvirc and ksirc. (I prefer ksirc.)
Ksirc is a simple GUI client, but I like it because each channel gets it's own (under KDE nearly tiled) window. This is handy if you want to view what's going on in more than one channel at once. Also the chat rooms can be on different servers without any hassle.
KVirc is a client with a lot of fancy features and cute graphics. Nice if you like that kind of stuff, but I prefer the more spartan ksirc interface.
WEll, back in my windows days, I used to be an all IRC 'loco' With a different nickname than this one I used to be IRCop from different networks in different states, irc.dal.net, irc.minn.net, irc.bright.net, irc.quarterdeck.com, irc.floodcity.net and some others... I was all into the Mirc and Pirch scripts with different popups, and automated commands, kicks, bans, k-lines, and all the goodies. I think that for windows those two are the best combination. Now that I bearly touch IRC any more, I use Xchat and it's really cool. I like it. I haven't tested the capability of scripts with it but it looks like a pretty robust client.