> I was going to ban suggestions involving emacs, but moved too slow. :)
> Thx, though.
> Good for Opera, it does it out of the box.
Of course, it all depends on the definition of 'best', but for a lisp programmer, which on a newsgroup like cll, it is the assumed context, only an emacs irc client can be the best, since it allows you to interact on irc with the lowest overhead and context switch cost.
You can seamlessly program, query emacs for documentation or irc for help. It's alsmost if emacs suddenly has become intelligent and can program for you!
> I love when people build cages around themselves :D
You mean the "for Ubuntu" constraint? I already found a Windows client, but my next universe might be wholly Ubuntu. Actually, starting to toy with running the AG Server in an Ubuntu VM and developing on Mac OS X. VMWare does awesome work.
Kenneth Tilton <kentil...@gmail.com> writes: > Plus a question: best IRC Client for Ubuntu? Pascal J. Bourguignon wrote: > Of course, it all depends on the definition of 'best', but for a > lisp programmer, which on a newsgroup like cll, it is the assumed > context, only an emacs irc client can be the best, since it allows you > to interact on irc with the lowest overhead and context switch cost.
actually, emacs rcirc consumes more resource than a dedicate GUI one the Colloquy. This was my experienc from about 2005 to 2008 on mac os x 10.4. But also, emacs rcirc just flatly lost out on so many features when compared to Colloquy.
i haven't used irc for like 3 years, but here's what i recall:
• emacs one doesn't auto connect when there's network disruption (very common with wireless)
• emacs rcirc does not notify you if someone mentions your name. (you have to install some external mac growler extra, but even still, it sucks.)
some of these can be fixed but that usually means you spend few hours to dig lisp code and result is usually not satisfactory. There's also erc...
... quite few others. The only thing i like is that it's integrated. That i can easily swicch to any buffer and do copy/paste or call any lisp function such as insert date, link, or use my existing abbrevs and unicode insertion etc.
For what its's worth I used to use Chatzilla, which is a Firefox add-on. I found it pretty pleasant and powerful and I'd probably still use it except it looks ugly on the Mac. Obviously only useful if you're using Firefox.