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As with an open source operating system, there are many options available to users of *nix systems:
- BitchX - A very nice script for Linux and FreeBSD. bX is text only, and runs very well with Linux and FreeBSD.
- Xchat - Xchat is a graphical IRC client. It runs under the X Window System and uses the GTK+ toolkit. Optionally it can be compiled to use Gnome. Xchat runs on most BSD and POSIX compliant operating systems, and has been reported to work on, at least:
- DEC/Compaq Tru64 UNIX
- HP-UX 10.20 and 11
- MacOS X
- Windows 9x/NT
- ircII - There are now 2 main variants of ircII which we describe below:
- ircII 2.8.2 - The 'classic' release version of ircII, stable with relatively tame bugs, recommended for most people who don't feel the need to be on the bleeding edge. Some of our very experienced helpers have been satisfied with this version since 1995 and see no reason to ever upgrade.
- ircII Current - After 2.8, ircII went through many, many versions from 2.9roof through 4.4Z, all of which were extremely buggy, either simply annoying or seriously compromised. After ircII 4.4 reached the Z release, the ircII team switched to naming their releases according to date. As of this writing, the most recent ircII release in source form is ircii-20020310.tar.bz2 (the .bz2 extension require Bzip2 to unpack). This latest ircii-current release seems to be more stable than it's 4.4 predecessors, and functions almost as stably as the original 2.8 release. Because ircii-current is a rolling release at this point, it's best if you go to the home page by following the link, and download it from there. (from irchelp.org)