I’ve used IRC on and off in the past few years, lurking as always. The client has almost always been irssi, which I played around with again yesterday. I was happy to find an alternative, quassel that fit my self hosting, multi-platform needs even better.
Setup took about ten minutes. I only had to install
quassel-core on my VPS. It’s a headless server that allows configuration from
quassel-client, which you can install on GNU/Linux, Windows, or Android. The channels you join are maintained on the core, so you can disconnect and reconnect from any client and still see what went on in the interim.
The channels I’m currently browsing are somewhat high on traffic, so it is a tiny bit distracting. Anyways, I plan to use this for a few months and see if I pick up anything interesting to try out next.