I've used Gajim, a GUI chat client for a long time, but since I am stuck using Campfire for work and no real XMPP transports exists for it, it's been a clunky outlier from my normal chat workflow. I've also been looking for a way to have a persistent, cross platform, chat presence. After a bit of searching, I ended up with the following setup.

But first. where to set this up? Since I didn't want to run this on my main host, I spun up a new small instance on DigitalOcean. I figured this would be a good trial for the service. Next up, a persistent shell, Byobu with tmux for that. Then an IRC bouncer, ZNC. ZNC will be the gateway, via IRC, into the various chat services I want to connect to. For XMPP, Bitlbee. For Campfire, CamperVan and finally for old school IRC, ZNC will just talk to Freenode.

With all of that setup, I can now seamlessly connect and disconnect to conversations from any IRC client.

Some extras... Bitlebee supports Twitter and Identi.ca. I can now read and reply in a IRC window. I also added email notifications when I am away and mentioned in any conversation.

With identi.ca going to pump.io, Bitlbee no longer works with it. Hopefully support for pump.io will be added.
Comment by matthew Fri 12 Jul 2013 02:47:48 PM EDT