Default application for IRC

Paul Sutton zleap at
Wed Jun 25 19:56:14 UTC 2014

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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)?
Yes as this looks similar to xchat,   I will  install this or xchat
either way,  I don't really use pidgin,  so can't really comment on that
one,  but it depends on what people want to do with their system.

> 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]

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