lightweight, free and open-source, ncurses, command-line chat client for IRC, etc.


Busy IRC chat rooms are high-volume streams of text data. A good chat client will be able to handle open windows for multiple rooms simultaneously without getting bogged down. The free and open-source WeeChat client is adept at handling such loads. It's lightweight enough to run on a Raspberry Pi and stable enough to run for months in a GNU Screen session. Well-documented and well-maintained, WeeChat is an excellent piece of software!