X-Chat No Longer Free

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by SPeedY_B, Aug 24, 2004.

  1. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    It seems Zed has decided to make X-Chat for Windows a shareware application rather than the free download it previously was.

    Seems an odd move, but one I saw coming (It was either this, or cease the Win32 build all together) hopefully it's not something that will deter new users from using X-Chat over other inferior clients.
     
  2. sean.ferguson

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    was bound to happen some time... but like you say i just hope it doesnt make people go off it. It is an excellent client
     
  3. Electronic Punk

    Electronic Punk Administrator Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    Reminds me of that april fool gag "first ever legal mirc registered user"

    That was damn well priceless.
     
  4. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Yeah... I mean, that would never happen :p
     
  5. Kr0m

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    Darn. :p
    Which chat client are you gonna suggest now Speedy? :)
     
  6. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Well to be honest, I'd like people to pay for X-Chat because it's worth it, but I know realistically that's just not going to happen. I'll just wait for someone to offer a regularly updated compile of the source for Win32, someone is bound to do it.

    I suppose Bersirc is worth a look in the mean time though.
     
  7. Jewelzz

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    Depends how much he's charging, I guess
     
  8. Howling Wolf

    Howling Wolf We did not deserve this !

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    Indeed, how much does/will he charge for it ?
     
  9. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    I quite liked HydraIRC too. Might move to that...depending on how much X-Chat will cost, of course.
     
  10. cryogenic

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    hmph.. and I just started using x-chat, too. I've noticed the Win32 build is a bit behind the Linux builds. I'm assuming it'd be perfectly possible to just download the source and compile it yourself. But what would that require? Any free C compiler?
     
  11. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    X-Chat Win32 shall cost $20 USD. (http://xe.com/ucc for currency conversions)

    The Win32 builds were usually behind the linux counter-part due to it not being a simple re-compile of the source. Which is what the shareware/money shall go towards.. making Win32 stay current.

    With regards to compiling yourself:
     
  12. vern

    vern Dominus Political User Folding Team

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    I use the Win32 X-Chat client at work, but at home I've used mIRC for years. Don't see a reason to switch ... it's just chat, and I personally think mIRC has more to offer over Xchat ... at least on the Win32 platform.
     
  13. Geffy

    Geffy Moderator Folding Team

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    but thats still shareware ;)
     
  14. Ferretlovers

    Ferretlovers Giver of 2 Cents

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    I would never register mirc, because then that window might not popup and let me beep that guy's nose....of course I haven't used it in years, it is in my downloads dir, but I mostly just use trillian because I use IRC just for some quick tech support when I need help with an aplication, web programming, or something like that.

    Take Care,
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  15. vern

    vern Dominus Political User Folding Team

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    Heh, whoever said it wasn't?
     
  16. Geffy

    Geffy Moderator Folding Team

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    no one, just bringing it to peoples attention, I keep coming across people who think mIRC is free :p
     
  17. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User



    yay :D
     
  18. cryogenic

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    holy jesus, I'll pass on all that. The version I have now seems to work just fine and it's not worth all that work just for one program. If I was a developer or someone who regularly compiled programs from source, perhaps it would be worth it.
     
  19. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Heh, building the Win32 binary from source isn't that bad :)

    Just came across this little bit of info:
    so Silverex is still going to keep his build going, so those who don't think that unlimited usage and upgrades for a mere $20-USD isn't worth it can still use X-Chat on Windows for free: http://karklas.mif.vu.lt/xchat/news/

    The page is temporary and the build requires GTK, if you don't know what you're doing, I'd advise to wait for the silverex.info/.org pages to be launched (perhaps osnn should host it :p) , as further information and direct binary links shall be included.
     
  20. Kr0m

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    Buh. with all the neat gadgets & support for mirc out there I think I'll stick with it.