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    Programs for IRC?

    What are the recommended program(s) for using IRC under Ubuntu? Most of the IRC FAQ material talks about what to do once you're already "in," and barely anything about software.

    Thanks,
    rcs

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    Re: Programs for IRC?

    Hey, secristrc,

    I personally use XChat. It's sort of a hackerish-looking program. To install it, run:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install xchat
    A lot of people use Pidgin, which is more beginner-friendly, but not as powerful (as far as IRC goes). It also supports many other protocols besides IRC. It comes with Ubuntu by default.

    Then there's irssi. It is command-line, therefore not really beginner-friendly, but I must admit it's kinda cool. You can install it with:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install irssi
    There are many others, but those are the ones I'm familiar with.

    I hope that helps!
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    Re: Programs for IRC?

    Hi mac,

    Quote Originally Posted by mac9416 View Post
    Then there's irssi. It is command-line, therefore not really beginner-friendly, but I must admit it's kinda cool.
    I believe there is also an irssi guide on these forums:

    [Howto] Setup irssi and join #ubuntu on Freenode
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1010780

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    Re: Programs for IRC?

    Thanks, andrew.46

    I also found some howtos for XChat and Pidgin:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/XChatHowto
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Pidgin
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    Re: Programs for IRC?

    If you're using Kubuntu or KDE, Quassel is another IRC client that you could use. I think it comes installed by default in kubuntu and can be accessed under Applications -> Internet.

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    Thumbs down Re: Programs for IRC?

    Assuming you use Firefox, there is an IRC add on called ChatZilla too..simple to use and worth mentioning.

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/16
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    Re: Programs for IRC?

    I recommend irssi. They've got great documentation for getting setup and started in their documentation section.

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    Re: Programs for IRC?

    well, I split my time with irssi & finch, finch is a command line (ncurses) based instant messenger/chat client, if you already setup pidgin, then you've also setup finch (as soon as you install it, "sudo apt-get -y install finch" without the quotes)

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    Re: Programs for IRC?

    I would have to post my vote for Quassel its pretty user friendly and has a nice gui when you get it set up. I personally use irssi if you are interested in being online all the time, it makes a great client you can ssh into it from anyway when you use it combined with screen.

    EDIT: I have now discovered using quassel in a core-client setup, set up the core on your server and the quassel-client on your desktop and have the always on of irssi and a nice gui to boot.
    Last edited by wstout; November 30th, 2009 at 07:58 PM.

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