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. In addition to this unique feature, we aim to bring a pleasurable, comfortable chatting experience to all major platforms (including Linux®, Windows®, and MacOS X® as well as Android smartphones), making communication with your peers not only convenient, but also ubiquitous available.
And the best of all: It's free - as in beer and as in speech, since we distribute Quassel under the GPL, and you are welcome to download and see for yourself!


rc1 will (hopefully) be the last Release Candidate... ever!

Just to give you a heads-up: With the release of 0.2.0 (which we expect during the next few weeks) we'll switch to a versioning scheme that is more consistent to other projects. This means that from then on, we will be releasing new patch-level releases rather than going the alpha/beta/rc cycle. The latter made sense as long as we didn't have a version that we considered complete enough to be a real release. Based on user feedback and our own experience, we feel quite confident about releasing 0.2.0 very soon now.

Releasing a candidate

After being on a bugfixing spree the past couple of weeks, the Quassel Team proudly gives you our first-ever Release Candidate of what shall become quassel-0.2.0. Since the 0.2 branch has been in feature freeze for a while, you probably won't find much new stuff (except for the occasional feature that might have crept in completely unnoticed of course ;-)), but on the other hand you will also find less bugs than in the previous releases, so grab it while it's still steaming!

Mac OS X nightlys back on track

After all the hazzle that came with the switch from svn to git and qmake to cmake, I'm glad to tell you, that the nightly builds for Mac OS X are available again. Currently there are only Mac OS X nightlys for 0.2 but that is about to change soonish. Get them as usual at http://quassel-irc.org/nightly/macosx/

Quassel at ohloh

Thanks to Flameeyes, we now have an official presence at the very cool "Social Network for Open Source Developers" called ohloh. If you are a Quassel user, don't hesitate to stop by and show the world :)

Switching to CMake

After our switch to Git as our version control system, we now also have changed our build system from qmake to CMake. Long-time Quassulans will know that we already had a CMake-based build system before switching to qmake in the first place :) Back then, we decided we'd need qmake to support Qtopia, plus CMake was quite clumsy at the time (and our old build system was uber-complex). Now, it has turned out that we can easily generate Qtopia build files from any build system, plus in the meantime our qmake stuff has grown much more complex than the old system ever was - and it came to the point where qmake just couldn't do all we needed it to do anymore.

Switching to Git

As of now, we have switched our public repository from Subversion to Git. While Git takes some time getting used to, it makes development easier for us, and also it is hip and shiny and new - plus what's good for Linus can't be bad for us, eh? :)

You can access the public repo as follows:
git clone git://git.quassel-irc.org/quassel.git

Quassel IRC at Linuxtag (Berlin)

Yep, Your's Truly will be present at Linuxtag in Berlin this Wednesday till Saturday! As I did at CeBIT in March, I'll be helping out at the Amarok booth again. If you happen to be at Linuxtag as well, don't hesitate to stop by at the booth and say hello!


Yes, we can finally announce the release of Quassel's very first beta! With entering the beta cycle, we also enter feature freeze for the 0.2 branch. While we are still stabilizing this branch, we are busy working on tons of new features and larger arch changes in the 0.3 branch, which we'll probably talk about in another blog entry soon...

Read on for the release notes for quassel-0.2.0-beta1!

What's going on?

Got asked today what's happening on the Quassel front, since there haven't been many commits in the past few days, which, after several weeks of frantically committing stuff, is quite unusual... To calm down everybody: even though all devs currently are quite busy at work and in the so-called, yet mythical "Real Life" (which explains while we have gotten somewhat more quiet lately), we are still working on Quassel as well :) Read on for details on Quassel's current state and our plans for the near future!

Releasing the (hopefully) final Alpha for Quassel 0.2.0!

It is with great pleasure that we announce immediate availability of what will probably/hopefully/may be the last and final alpha release before we go into the beta cycle. As usual, this alpha release brings you bugfixes and new features, UI tweaks and more goodies, and we highly recommend upgrading. Especially since we fixed a very nasty issue in Quassel Core... and yeah, the fonts should now be working as well :) Also, we can finally provide a precompiled Quassel Core and monolithic Quassel for Windows[tm], so you should now be able to use it without having access to a *nix server... And we don't forget the MacOSX Tiger users either and now provide a package that runs on both MacOSX 10.4 and 10.5.

For a more detailed list of important changes, read on!

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