When comparing CIRC vs IRSSI, the Slant community recommends IRSSI for most people. In the question“What are the best IRC clients for Windows?” IRSSI is ranked 6th while CIRC is ranked 17th.
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Pro "One Identity" ability
Create a personal "bouncer" of sorts, using CIRC "/make-server" (/help make-server for more details) give you a connection so that you can using the same Ident/Nick from multiple devices.
Access it everywhere where Chrome is.
Pro Easy setup
Few clicks to install.
Pro Perl Scripting
Allows the user to create and use perl scripts to perform actions.
Pro Persistent Connection
Pro Command line outputs can be sent to a channel or message
/exec -o figlet "Slant.co"
Allows the modification of IRSSI's look and feel.
Pro Free and open-source
Pro Has a plugin for encrypted communications
Con Gives little direction upfront
Actually, Irssi.org has it's own GREAT documentation.
Con Cryptic configuration files
Con Can't do vertical splits
Untrue, there are perl scripts available to do split screens with
Con No GUI
Actually a plus, lower memory overhead