Although IRC has lost a significant part of its popularity it used to have in the 2000s, from 1 million users back in 2003, to less than 300,000 todays, I still use it time to time, around specific theme or project.
Instead of using a desktop client, I prefer to use a web client, as I am often traveling and on different computers. Also, it usually fancier and with great features.
The Lounge is one of them and is very easy to install.
Started as a fork of Shout, The Lounge is under a MIT license. It supports multi-accounts and it “never sleeps” (meaning it will keep all your conversation where you left off). It is also mobile responsive and uses NodeJS (>v4).
So, let’s see how to install The Lounge on Debian (or Ubuntu)
1) Install NodeJS
You will first need NodeJS >v4, and it will greatly simplify the installation of The Lounge.
curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_7.x | sudo -E bash - sudo apt-get install -y nodejs
2) Install The Lounge
npm install -g thelounge
3) Start The Lounge
Yes, it is that simple!
Now you can access it through http://YourIP:9000 and you will be able to configure few settings.