Quassel is a cool IRC client and server. From its homepage:
Quassel IRC is a modern, cross-platform, distributed IRC client, meaning that one (or multiple) client(s) can attach to and detach from a central core — much like the popular combination of screen and a text-based IRC client such as WeeChat, but graphical.
One can choose to install quassel from the distro’s repo, or use the statically linked binary provided by the author. The advantages of the statically linked binary are: it does not require Qt or SSL to be installed, and is probably a newer version than what is in the repo.
The download provided is a 32-bit binary. To run it in 64-bit Ubuntu, we need to satisfy its dependencies:
apt-get install zlib1g:i386
Extract and run:
bunzip2 quasselcore-static-0.10.0.bz2 ./quasselcore-static-0.10.0