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Advanced IRC with Smuxi
October 15, 2010
If you spend much time with any open source project, you're probably going to be spending time in IRC. If you want to make sure you don't miss a minute of your project's conversations, you'll want to check out Smuxi.
Many users swear by a combination of GNU Screen and irssi for IRC. Fire up a
Smuxi, on the other hand, is very friendly. It's relatively full-featured for users who know their way around IRC, but easy to use for those folks just diving into discussions in IRC. As Smuxi isn't at 1.0 yet, it may be missing some features you want in an IRC client — but I haven't found any major limitations. Most importantly, Smuxi has similar benefits to the Screen/irssi combo, without sacrificing usability. Ready to get Smuxified? Let's go!
Smuxi should be packaged for most major distributions. Do a search for
You should see several packages with
If you want to use Smuxi on a single computer (no remote server) then just run
To run a client/server setup, Smuxi is a bit — but not much — more complicated to set up. Instead of starting with the front-end, SSH into the machine that will be running the server or just open a terminal window if you're going to run it on the local machine.
You're going to want a username and password for the server. This won't be (or doesn't have to be) the same as your username and password for any IRC networks.