Among other things, this release includes a new feature that can make it behave like an IRC bouncer. Coupled with a few modern XMPP features, it makes IRC mobile friendly: you can mark a channel as persistent, join it from your mobile XMPP client (like Conversations), and whenever you get disconnected due to bad connectivity biboumi will stay online, and when you go back online it will send you all the messages you missed.
(But I just did, so I won’t forget that feature https://lab.louiz.org/louiz/biboumi/issues/3267)
Conversations -> Biboumi --
irssi -> znc -> IRC
And no, it doesn’t do an IRC->IRC bouncer, so you can’t replace your znc entirely if you still want to use a real IRC client on your desktop.
I think the best solution is to have two independent biboumi and znc.
Conversations -> Biboumi -> IRC
irssi -> bitlbee -´
EDIT: (I'm on a bunch of IRC servers too so this gives me one app for everything on the phone)
But that’s also too convoluted, IMO. I would not personally use this. Don’t hesitate to try any combination of gateways you can think of, and report any issues to me.
I'd write a high quality IRC client for Android if there really was a market for it, but Slack feels like it's obsoleted the market (and I have trouble believing this many years into the game there are no good IRC clients on Android, but I haven't checked in a while)
My favorite XMPP feature is Message Delivery Receipts (, the nice little green checkmarks that you have in modern XMPP clients, similar to WhatsApp), that just aren't supported in the IRC protocol. Other gotchas are chat state notifications ( "user is typing"), last message correction () and multiple client resources.
It does make sense to use an XMPP client for IRC, though, as most of the IRC features can be easily mapped onto XMPP. I'm using yaxim and poezio to chat with folks on IRC, via biboumi.
From my experience, the profile of someone who prefers irssi/mirc/jircii over slack's website to communicate is probably more in-line with the profile of a Hacker News reader vs. someone who follows a sponsored tech blog aimed at CEO's who just want to add buzz words to their vocab.