Kirc

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Web site: kirc.io
Category: Network
Subcategory: IRC clients
Platform: Cross-platform
License: GPL
Interface: TUI
Programing language: C
First release: August 15, 2020
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Kirc (KISS for IRC) – a tiny IRC client written in POSIX C99 designed with usability and cross-platform compatibility in mind.

Features:
– No dependencies other than a C99 compiler.
– Simple Authentication and Security Layer (SASL) protocol support.
– Client-to-client (CTCP) protocol support.
– Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol support (via external utilities).
– Simple chat history logging.
– Asynchronous message handling.
– Multi-channel joining at server connection.
– Full support for all RFC 2812 commands.
– Easy customized color scheme definition.

The project founder is Michael Czigler.

F-IRC

F-IRC

Web site: vanheusden.com/f-irc/
Category: Network
Subcategory: IRC clients
Platform: UNIX-like
License: GPL
Interface: TUI
Programing language: C++
First release:
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F-IRC – an IRC client for terminals/command-line/console. Its goal is to be as user friendly as possible with easy navigation and keyboard shortcuts for quick navigation. It has an as much a gentle learning curve as possible.

From the project page:

Why?

I wrote it because I had too many problems with irssi. For a lot (most?) people irssi is perfect but I wanted an easy, clear interface like XChat and mIRC usable from within a terminal window (and compatible to GNU screen). I wanted easy channel select navigation, a pop-up menu for actions and easy to configure. There was no such thing at that time.

F-IRC was analyzed by Coverity Scan, CPPCheck and LLVM’s scan-build for software defects.

The project founder is Folkert van Heusden.

ERC

Emacs

Web site: gnu.org/software/emacs/erc.html
Category: Network
Subcategory: IRC clients
Platform: BSD, DOS, Linux, OS X, Windows
License: GPL
Interface: TUI
Programing language: C, Emacs Lisp
First release:
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ERC – a powerful, modular, and extensible Internet Relay Chat client distributed with GNU Emacs since version 22.1.

ERC provides all the features that users expect from an IRC client:
– multi channels / multi servers: every channel is put in a separate buffer; several IRC servers may be used at the same time.
– queries: private conversations are treated as channels, and are put into private buffers.
– highlighting: some occurences of words can be highlighted, thus easing conversation tracking (ErcHighlighting)
– notification: ERC can notify you that users are online (ErcNotify)
– channel tracking: channels can be hidden and conversation continue in the background. You are notified when something is said in such a hidden channel. (ErcChannelTracking)
– nick completion: ERC can complete words so as to ease the writing of nicknames. (ErcCompletion)
– history: past actions are kept in history rings for future use. (ErcHistory)
– multi languages: messages are multilingual and can be customized. (ErcCatalog)
– user scripting: users can load scripts (e.g. auto greeting scripts) at ERC startup.

ERC works with both GNU Emacs and XEmacs; it also uses optional features specific to each flavour. It can also use some Emacs modules, such as the BBDB (Big Brother Database).

ERC was originally written by Alexander L. Belikoff and Sergey Berezin. They stopped development around December 1999. Their last released version was ERC 2.0.

In June 2001, Mario Lang and Alex Schroeder took over development and created a ERC Project at https://sourceforge.net/projects/erc.

In reaction to a mail about the new ERC development effort, Sergey Berezin said, “First of all, I’m glad that my version of ERC is being used out there. The thing is, I do not have free time and enough incentive anymore to work on ERC, so I would be happy if you guys take over the project entirely.”

Since about 2009, ERC is no longer developed as a separate project, but is maintained as part of Emacs.

gomuks

gomuks

Web site: github.com/tulir/gomuks
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Linux
License: AGPL
Interface: TUI
Programing language: Go
First release: 2018
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gomuks – a terminal based Matrix client written in Go with mautrix-go and mauview.

Keyboard shortcuts:

– Ctrl and Alt are interchangeable in most keybindings, but the other one may not work depending on your terminal emulator.
– Switch rooms: Ctrl + ↑, Ctrl + ↓
– Scroll chat (page): PgUp, PgDown
– Jump to room: Ctrl + K, then Tab and Enter to navigate and select room
– Plaintext mode: Ctrl + L
– Newline: Alt + Enter

The project developer is Tulir Asokan.

Midnight Commander

Midnight Commander

Web site: midnight-commander.org
Category: Network
Subcategory: File Managers, File Transfer
Platform: Linux, OS X, UNIX-like, Windows
License: gpl
Interface: TUI
Programing language:
First release: March 1994

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GNU Midnight Commander – a visual file manager, licensed under GNU General Public License and therefore qualifies as Free Software. It’s a feature rich full-screen text mode application that allows you to copy, move and delete files and whole directory trees, search for files and run commands in the subshell. Internal viewer and editor are included.

Midnight Commander (mc) is based on versatile text interfaces, such as Ncurses or S-Lang, which allows it to work on a regular console, inside an X Window terminal, over SSH connections and all kinds of remote shells.

MC is a visual system shell, so all operations can be performed without entering any commands, using only the semigraphic interface. It allows you to perform file operations with the mouse, function keys (F1 – F12 on the keyboard) and the cursor. The TUI Midnight Commander is divided into two panels, each displaying files or information about them, which simplifies operations such as moving or copying files.

The application allows you to connect to servers (FTP, FISH and SMB) with access to their content in one of the selected windows; on the connected remote file system, you can perform standard operations (depending on the type of connection) – browsing, deleting and copying files or changing permissions.

The project founder is Miguel de Icaza.

Far Manager

Far Manager

Web site: farmanager.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: File Transfer, File Manager
Platform: Windows
License: BSD
Interface: TUI
Programing language: C++
First release: March 1996

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Far Manager – a program for managing files and archives in Windows operating systems. Far Manager works in text mode and provides a simple and intuitive interface for performing most of the necessary actions.

Far Manager has a multi-language, easily configurable interface. File system navigation is made easier through the use of color highlighting and sort groups.

The functionality of Far Manager is greatly extended by external DLL modules — plugins (made possible by a special set of interfaces — the Plugins API). For example: archive support, FTP client, temporary panel and network browser are all implemented as plugins included in the standard distribution of Far.

Goals:
– viewing files and directories;
– editing, copying and renaming files;
– transfering files via FTP (via plugin);
– and many other actions.

The project founder is Eugene Roshal.

ELM

ELM

Web site: www.instinct.org/elm/
Category: Network
Subcategory: Email Clients
Platform: Linux, UNIX-like
License: BSD
Interface: TUI
Programing language:
First release: 1986

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ELM (Electronic Mail for UNIX) – a console based mail user agent for UNIX.

It contains enhanced MIME and character set support. It can read mail from POP or IMAP folders and can pass mail to the PGP or GPG programs.

It can also view digests as a mailbox and reassemble fragmented (message/partial) messages. It includes modules for TLS/SSL, iconv, and SMTP. It can also view digests as a mailbox and reassemble fragmented (message/partial) messages. It includes modules for TLS/SSL, iconv, and SMTP.

The last version of ELM 2.5.8 was released in 2005.
The project founder is Dave Taylor.
The ELM scrinshot source is Wikipedia; the author is Dave Taylor; License BSD.

Mutt initial interface was based largely on the ELM mail client.