BitlBee is a neat daemon that allows you to use certain IM protocols (such as Jabber, ICQ, MSN, AIM and Yahoo) with your favourite IRC client by connecting to the BitlBee daemon and chatting with your IM buddies just like you do it everyday on IRC.
Public BitlBee Server
Just grab your favourite IRC client (e.g. irssi) and connect to BitlBee.glined.DE:6660 (zakx' server).
You'll automaticly join #bitlbee.
You may get some help by saying "help quickstart".
After setting up your IM accounts, let BitlBee connect by saying "account on". :) Notice that voiceless users are away and BitlBee doesn't show offline users. BitlBee does support Jabber groupchats. You mark yourself as away by using /away just as on every real IRCd, and vice versa you're able to look at peoples away messages by /WHOISing them.
223901 <@zakx> account on 223902 <@root> Trying to get all accounts connected... 223902 <@root> JABBER - Logging in: Connecting 223902 <@root> JABBER - Logging in: Connected 223902 <@root> JABBER - Logging in: Requesting Authentication Method 223902 <@root> JABBER - Logging in: Authenticating 223903 <@root> JABBER - Logged in 223903 -!- schriftkind [*@jabber.ccc.de] has joined #bitlbee 223903 -!- mode/#bitlbee [+v schriftkind] by root 223903 -!- ingmar [*@jabber.ccc.de] has joined #bitlbee 223903 -!- vloeck [*@jabber.ccc.de] has joined #bitlbee [...] 224027 <@zakx> angelos: hi! 224042 -!- dominic [*@login.icq.com] has joined #bitlbee 224045 -!- mode/#bitlbee [+v dominic] by root 224049 < angelos> zakx: hi! 224156 <@zakx> info angelos 224157 <@root> ICQ - User Info 224157 <@root> UIN: * - Nick: angelos 224157 <@root> Gender: Male 224201 -!- dominic [*@login.icq.com] has quit [Leaving...] 224222 -!- angelos [*@login.icq.com] 224222 -!- ircname : angelos 224222 -!- server : login.icq.com [OSCAR network] 224222 -!- away : Invisible 224222 -!- End of WHOIS