HexChat Then and Now
HexChat is 10 years old
How HexChat looked like and how it is now:
HexChat is an Internet Relay Chat client, forked from XChat. It has a choice of a tabbed document interface or tree interface, support for multiple servers, and numerous configuration options. Both command-line and graphical versions were available.
The client is available for Unix-like systems; derivatives with native support for macOS’s Aqua interface are also available.
XChat’s main source code tree has not received any patches since 2013. In the past, some Linux distributions, such as Fedora, maintained their own versions to fix bugs, keep the program working and able to build, and to resolve security issues.
XChat’s fork HexChat, formerly the Windows-specific X-Chat WDK, is installed by default on Linux Mint, and is still maintained, as of August 2018.