When comparing KVIrc vs Kiwi IRC, the Slant community recommends KVIrc for most people. In the question“What are the best IRC clients for Windows?” KVIrc is ranked 6th while Kiwi IRC is ranked 16th.
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Pro Plenty of customization options
Pro Still active developement
Despite whats been said, development has been continuing at a steady pace on version 4.3.1 and more recently 4.3.2.
Pro Extensive documentation available
Help files and online resources show all of the feature and scripting capabilities.
KVIrc does not need to be installed. It can be kept on a flash drive and run from there.
Pro Free and open source
Kiwi IRC web client is available for free licensed under GPL with source available on GitHub.
Pro Beautiful interface
Kiwi's default interface is aesthetically modern, while keeping a classic two-column layout with chat window on the left and nicklist on the right. Unlike many other interfaces, a considerable amount of effort has been spent on making it easy on the eyes.
The interface offers common customization options including time format changes, choice of system messages and choice of laying out channels in a tabbed or list manner.
Code can be generated that allows embedding the IRC client within a website.
Pro Available in multiple languages
Kiwi's front-end is available in more than 20 languages including Polish, Romanian and Russian.
Con Notifications don't time out
Notifications pop-ups have to be closed manually each time, they don't disappear on their own after a set amount of time.