When comparing Linkinus 2 vs IRSSI, the Slant community recommends IRSSI for most people. In the question“What are the best IRC clients for Mac?” IRSSI is ranked 5th while Linkinus 2 is ranked 6th.
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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.
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 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.
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