The IM Survey results are in. Below is a table for comparison of features: Requirement IRC Matrix FOSS server Yes Can self-host Yes FOSS Clients Yes Open API Yes Open Governance #ircv3? No monetary cost Yes Defined protocol Yes Anonymity feature loss Low bandwidth Yes Widely legal heard anything? Away Yes Mute /ignore, Konversation Channel list with search freenode /alis IRC Bridge n/a File Sharing DCC or external Private channels Yes Access control freenode Channel topics Yes Permanent channels freenode_GC Encrypted communication HTTPS / IRC with TLS / Tor / encrypted messages  Plasma Integration Konversation Client accessibility Konversation High volume performance Yes High channel count performance Yes Low client overhead Yes Federation freenode network Persistant public logging possible Firewall friendly tunnels available IRC-like GUI Yes Multiple accounts per app instance Yes No sign-up possible with caveats  Migration Path n/a Tor support freenode  Dev system messages provided by a bot Web client Various available, qwebirc, irccloud, kiwiirc, ... Message quoting editable text Text mode client 3rd party (irssi, weechat, ...) Low sysadmin requirements freenode Remembers last-read position needs 3pty support, Konversation does it Popular bridges n/a User search primitive File share search No Avatars client feature Mass messaging considered impolite Dev service bots Yes Spacious, low contrast flat ui see wip/qtquick Unicode character picker Konversation Broadcast messages Can be done via bots and /amessage Sharable content markup Client feature ↑ if you don't have an account, you can't join some channels (opt-in) and use memoserv. You can use Tor though, which comes with no feature loss but requires registration (with a random e-mail address, no personal details) ↑ encryption with OTR etc. doesn't work well in groups ↑ via bots, other channels do this, has to be communicated, opt-in ↑ some channels (opt-in), some features like sending memos and Tor require it ↑ requires a registration, SASL external and using an .onion service ↑ could be improved client-side Retrieved from "https://community.kde.org/index.php?title=IM_Survey_Results&oldid=78409" This page was last edited on 5 September 2017, at 10:07. Content is available under Creative Commons License SA 4.0 unless otherwise noted.