When comparing Communi vs irc.c, the Slant community recommends irc.c for most people. In the question“What are the best IRC clients for Linux?” irc.c is ranked 11th while Communi is ranked 14th. The most important reason people chose irc.c is:
Each instance of the client can only connect to one server and then you can join multiple channels with the join command. Example: "irc -s irc.freenode.net", then "j #lua" and "j #chicken"
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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.
Pro Single server
Each instance of the client can only connect to one server and then you can join multiple channels with the join command.
Example: "irc -s irc.freenode.net", then "j #lua" and "j #chicken"
The source code (a single C file) is under public domain.
Pro Infinite scrollback
You can move up and down the history with the "Page Up" and "Page Down" keys.
Pro Automatic reconnection
It automatically connects you back if you happen to get disconnected.
Con No DCC
Communi does not support DCC (for a reason)
Con No scripting
Communi has no support for scripts
Its website and README do not give enough information about shortcuts and commands. You have to look those things up in the source file.