Irssi is a great IRC client, one which I use all the time. It's console based, but that doesn't mean it looks plain. In fact, the only disadvantage is the lack of mouse support, but even that isn't so bad.

One of the big things about Irssi is it's perl scripting interface. Now being a perl scripter at heart, I've written a few scripts of my own. The most comprehensive and useful of these is Aspeller.


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