ANNOUNCE: Irksu 0.1.0


What is it ?

Irksu is a group chat program that works in the Internet Relay Chat networks.
It is, however, not exactly yet another IRC client. See below for explanation.


The number one design principle for Irksu has been usability. The
interface should be simple enough even for the casual user to
understand. If it is not, send me a bug report.

Irksu is built on the DBus messaging system, and can not operate on
its own. It requires a service provider that complies with the
DBus-IRC specification (unofficial stuff). Currently, there is exactly
one of those available, but hopefully someone will write a better one
soon (hint, hint).

Basically, the DBus-IRC is about transferring the IRC protocol through
the bus. The protocol is somewhat simplified in the process, and in
some aspects it is not even strictly compatible with the IRC protocol.
The corner-cutting is mainly inspired by attempts to make it simpler
to implement an UI for chatting (and allowing some of the IRC nonsense
to be forgotten completely). This does gear the pressure to the
service program, but since it could simply be a plugin for an existing
IRC framework, creating a reasonable service program should not be too
difficult (hint, hint, part II)

Where to get it

The home pages hold more information (and screen shots!) and should be
visited before attempting to test Irksu:

The source:

Bug reports, successful runs, information

For any of the above, contact me at zuh iki fi

Kalle Vahlman, zuh iki fi

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