Today is I love Free Software day 2014. Using the slogan “I love Free Software but I love you more” this day should not only be used to thank our significant others for their love but also to say “thank you” to people who work hard to ease one’s everyday tasks with the software they develop.
Have you ever been in an IRC channel?
If not, you should try it, it’s a great and easy way of communication and very common.
If yes, then the term “IRC Bouncer” might be familiar to you. It keeps “you” online 24/7 in the channel, although your device at home is offline. During this time, your slot in the channel is reserved by your bouncer.
In this blog post, I’d like to present ZNC to you, a beautiful piece of Free Software which you can install easily on a server, is highly configurable and consumes only little server resources.
“What the hell should this be for?!” you’re asking? Well, since I’m presenting ZNC, I can give you a few examples of the mightyness of this software:
- Basic Functions
- If you’re leaving the channel, ZNC can set an individual away status and reply to anyone how’s calling you directly in the channel or in a query that you’re unavailable at the moment
- You can add multiple IRC networks with only one account and one port. Similar bouncers like psybnc are unable to do this. You can edit your networks separately, for example with different nicknames or away messages
- You don’t want to quit IRC even if you have to because the ongoing discussion is so interesting? No problem with ZNC. ZNC can buffer the channel chat and queries to you, so you can everything if you’re back again. This also helps if you had connection issues and come back a few minutes later – you’ll never miss anything again
Well, these are only the basic functions. Below I added several others which have convinced me to keep using ZNC and nothing else. Of course, it’s Free Software (Apache 2.0 License) and it’s quite actively developed. If you have no server or no time to install something on it, you can also use one of the many ZNC providers for free.
If you like ZNC as much as I do, please consider helping them to improve the software or just donate to keep the very useful wiki alive!
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