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View Poll Results: IRC Client of the Year
BitchX 3 2.83%
Chatzilla 8 7.55%
HexChat 35 33.02%
Irssi 22 20.75%
Konversation 8 7.55%
KVIrc 4 3.77%
Quassel 3 2.83%
Smuxi 1 0.94%
weechat 11 10.38%
XChat 11 10.38%
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Old 01-03-2018, 12:25 PM   #1
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IRC Client of the Year

What is your preferred IRC client?

Old 01-04-2018, 06:55 AM   #2
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ERC, but WeeChat comes second. I learned to prefer it to irssi over the past few years.
Old 01-04-2018, 11:23 AM   #3
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I'm still searching for a lightweight IRC client that works for a variety of circumstances. Couldn't get any of the IRC clients to access search channels from a mobile laptop. Some options that weren't mentioned that I thought were interesting were flirc and flchat.
Old 01-04-2018, 04:13 PM   #4
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Old 01-04-2018, 04:49 PM   #5
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HexChat which is the logical continuation of Xchat.
Old 01-05-2018, 08:50 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by cowlitzron View Post
HexChat which is the logical continuation of Xchat.
But with active development and a **LOT** friendlier set of developers. Easy to interact with.
HexChat is also real OS and it is FREE (other that XChat) for Windows. I just had a unsatisfied Windows/Pidgeon user install HexChat, and everything worked right from the start, and all his complaints disappeared.
I'm a bit sad they switched to meson/ninja as build system, as that causes the build system to be very different from other OS projects. Oké, it is fast, but needs a lot of (new) dependencies.
Old 01-05-2018, 06:59 PM   #7
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It's not listed, but I prefer Thunderbird because it's an email client which also handles calendars, contacts, RSS feeds, and IRC. It's like five applications in one!
Old 01-08-2018, 04:21 PM   #8
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Dumped IRC for Discord, as have most people I know including Jupiter Broadcasting.
Old 01-23-2018, 04:57 PM   #9
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Been using HexChat since it came pre-installed with Linux Mint about five years ago (that's what got me into IRC, really).
Old 01-24-2018, 11:25 PM   #10
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I voted for weechat I really enjoy using it.
Old 01-29-2018, 11:35 AM   #11
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EPIC seems to be missing. It's a great console IRC client, powerful yet with a not so steep learning curve. I swore by it back in the day where I was an IRCop of a chat server.
Old 02-02-2018, 06:21 AM   #12
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I'm suprised XChat is still even on the list: as last version was seven years ago, even Slackware (oldest surviving 'Linux,' GNU/Linux, or GNU) replaced it with the fork, HexChat. Even ircii had a mid-2017 relase, and some people still prefer it to irssi and all newer clients on the list. I still like some old XChat scripts that haven't been ported, and the way you enter channels to auto-join list, but lately HexChat has major improvements over XChat (without sacrificing speed,) but surely also major bug-fixes and that XChat may even have issues compiling, now or soon?

Some with newer releases than XChat are: ERC (part of EMACS,) ircii, LeafChat, Pidgin, rcirc (part of EMACS,) Snak, and above, someone mentioned Thunderbird (maybe Seamonkey?)

(Note, I've been IRCing since mid-1990s, and have been compiling/installing/running/administering IRCDs on a public server a few years.)

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Old 02-03-2018, 08:55 AM   #13
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I use Xchat. Yeah, I run old stuff.
Old 02-09-2018, 09:02 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by zaivala View Post
Dumped IRC for Discord, as have most people I know including Jupiter Broadcasting.
Discord is another of those 'trendy IM services' that will die in a few years from now. Just my opinion though.

I personally like KVirc :P


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