When comparing KVIrc vs Communi, the Slant community recommends KVIrc for most people. In the question“What are the best IRC clients for Linux?” KVIrc is ranked 7th while Communi is ranked 14th.
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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.
KVIrc does not need to be installed. It can be kept on a flash drive and run from there.
Pro Extensive documentation available
Help files and online resources show all of the feature and scripting capabilities.
Pro Elegant and minimalist interface
Communi user interface for desktop and mobile is minimal, which helps you focus on the task at hand instead of being distracted by extra UI elements.
Pro Good ZNC integration
The author is involved in ZNC development, so the latest ZNC goodies are guaranteed to be well supported (http://communi.github.io/znc/). With help of the documented ZNC modules, Communi retains its state well across sessions. No repetitive buffer playback on reconnect, notifications and banners for newly received messages only, queries stay open until closed etc.
Pro UI runs on multiple platforms
While Communi itself is a IRC framework, the project offers several UI implementations such as desktop, SailfishOS, Meego and Symbian.
Pro Quassel protocol implementation
Communi is integrated with Quassel.
Pro Event merging
Consequent events (joins, parts, quits etc.) are merged to reduce noise and to keep focus on the discussion.
Con No DCC
Communi does not support DCC (for a reason)
Con No scripting
Communi has no support for scripts