Is there any IRC client that's compliant with elementary's human interface guidelines? If not, is anyone trying to build one?

Note that I'm asking for an IRC (Internet Relay Chat) client, not a general purpose chat client that supports 10+ chat services.


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A good suggestion is probably the IRC client Relay currently in development by agronick and specifically aimed at elementary OS.

You can install it with:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:agronick/relay
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install relay


Is there one? Maybe, I'll get to that after the second part. Is anyone trying to build one?

Yes - from Reddit.

Tom Beckmann is working on a chat plugin for Gala.

Here's a mockup by Daniel Fore. http://danrabbit.deviantart.com/art/Chat-Bubbles-405110826

Here's the code for it https://code.launchpad.net/~tombeckmann/gala/plugin-chat Still in early development.

The mockup:

Does one exist? Well, here's the code for that one.

I don't have time to read the Human Interface Guidelines, but from those mockups I'd say Google Hangouts is similar with the floating bubbles:

Here is a newer post.

  • I wonder: Why and how is that a Gala plugin and not just a "normal" app? And is the project actually still active and usable?
    – quassy
    Commented Jul 5, 2015 at 0:12
  • @quassy The reason for it being a Gala plugin was to have a smoother interaction with notifications. As in, these bubbles can easily re-arrange or dodge. However, now that we're introducing the notifications indicator, we have a lot to consider as far as changing notifications behaviors Commented Jul 5, 2015 at 1:18
  • I think you mean FB Messenger? Google Hangouts does not have floating bubbles. P.S. WRT answer quality - this answer doesn't say whether this fits the HIG or not. Maybe someone can confirm?
    – RolandiXor
    Commented Jul 5, 2015 at 3:46
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    @RolandiXor No hangouts is now floating: pocketables.com/images/2014/10/…
    – user3
    Commented Jul 5, 2015 at 9:22
  • @Tim is that on ChromeOS/Chrome only? I don't see that anywhere.
    – RolandiXor
    Commented Jul 6, 2015 at 1:02

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