This is a fascinating post from Patrick Griffis, who maintains the HexChat IRC client.
HexChat is a fork of XChat. XChat hasn’t been updated in eight years. Debian switched back to XChat as its default IRC client, because someone on the project has fond memories of XChat.
Obviously, users can install whatever software they want. But many users, especially new ones, depend upon distributions to choose the best software for the most users. This feels very irresponsible to me.
Also, I get HexChat and XChat confused a lot. I’m hoping my writing this post will not only express my displeasure with Debian’s choice, but also help me to remember that HexChat is the IRC client I want when I’m on a system without one.
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