Default application for IRC

Elfy ub.untu at
Fri Jul 4 07:28:32 UTC 2014

On 25/06/14 11:58, Simon Steinbeiß wrote:
> Hey everyone,
> as our next release is not LTS we're reviewing some of our default app choices and considering to move away from XChat, as it hasn't been maintained as actively lately as e.g. its fork hexchat. [1]
> We've discussed this in today's community meeting and the outcome of this first review was a bit mixed. While neither of the present team members really use/d pidgin for IRC, it could still be enough as an easy way for users to get on IRC to get support. Additionally there's the webchat option on
> So this is what it comes down to (at least the way I see it):
> 1) Should we replace XChat as our default IRC client?
> 2) Is the IM app we already ship (pidgin) and the webchat option enough to replace XChat?
> 3) Should we use hexchat over 1) or 2)?
> I personally wouldn't mind replacing XChat and trying something new, mostly because it doesn't seem maintained. I still have to take both pidgin and hexchat for a spin though, because I haven't used the latter at all and the other I haven't used for IRC.
> I propose that (at least) members of the Xubuntu team try these apps for real too and we have another – more informed and experience-based – discussion at the next team meeting.
> Cheers
> Simon
> [1]
FTR and the meeting next week.

I am generally going to be easily swayed by whatever the rest of the 
team decides here.

Personally I use hexchat over xchat simply because it's not moribund. 
I'd do that regardless of what we seed.

Pidgin - I only use IRC so have no reason to use pidgin, the only time I 
do touch it is when checking testcases once a cycle. Again I have no 
preference as to whether we seed it or not.

I will say that I can see the logic in ONLY seeding pidgin as it does at 
least cover all the bases for someone needing IRC now and again.


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