When comparing LimeChat vs Linkinus 2, the Slant community recommends LimeChat for most people. In the question“What are the best IRC clients for Mac?” LimeChat is ranked 2nd while Linkinus 2 is ranked 6th.
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Pro Native support for the Notification Center
Pro Free and Open Source
Pro Console-like interface.
LimeChat has a nostalgic console feel that is still very functional. It features multiple themes including a three column layout.
Pro Fast and lightweight
Pro Full range of keyboard shortcuts
Limechat has a fully featured shortcut list that makes navigating the program quick and easy.
Pro Includes many useful features.
LimeChat includes many features that any IRC user would need such as:
- The ability to Connect to multiple servers and rooms
- Auto join rooms on startup
- File Sending
- Native Notification Center support
- SSL authorization
Pro Searchable Logs
Linkinus 2 lets you search chat logs by keyword within the app. You can also enable or disable logging on a per-channel basis.
Pro An extensive feature set.
For those looking for a feature packed client, Linkinus 2 is for you. The $8 USD price point is almost justifiable by the feature list. It frovides features not seen in other IRC clients such as embedded media(Youtube, Vimeo, etc.) and can automatically expand shortened URLs.
Pro Major improvements over first version.
With the new version release, Linkinus 2 is up to 10 times faster. It also has new core features such as auto reconnect, proxy support and much more.
Con No recent updates
App last updated in 2014 according to Mac App Store. Git logs show new version is being worked on, but no recent versions.
Con No DCC support.
Con No way to search chat logs within LimeChat.
Chat logs are not viewable within the app. You must find the file in the directory and open it with a text editor.
Con More expensive than most IRC clients
At $7.99 USD on the App Store, Linkinus 2 is more expensive than most IRC clients. While the extensive features may justify the price for some, basic users probably do not need to pay for a commercial client.
Con No Notification Center support.
Linkinus 2 does not support OSX's Notification Center meaning you'll have to keep an eye on the window as you won't be getting alerts straight to your desktop.