Polari is an Internet Chat Client designed specifically for GNOME 3. The first commit made by Florian Mullner on June 19, and work started around GUADEC in August. So it is a quite new project.
Does it work? Yep!
Florian Mullner and John McCann are online on Polari room. The developer and the designer of Polari.
- Talk in chat rooms
- Save history
- Clearly identify “mentions”
- Allow easy access to history
- Remember last used rooms
- Offer sensible list of networks
- Detect links posted in the room and display them
- Support saving or sending transcripts
- Native GNOME 3 notifications
- Integrated pastebin support
- Integrated bugzilla support
- File transfers
- Support for 20+ rooms and private chats
- Contacts integration (display servers, nicks and availability in GNOME Contacts)?
Polari is proposed for GNOME 3.12
Florian Mullner says:
Polari is a simple IRC client designed for GNOME 3. Tentative designs have been around for a while, but hacking only started around Guadec. It is obviously not end-user ready at that point, but I’m confident that it can be in time for 3.12, thus this feature proposal.
Don’t expect Polari to be as feature complete as X Chat, but it looks good, it does what suppose to do and it will have this unique integration with GNOME 3 that all new GNOME 3 applications deliver!
Typical Selection mechanism of newer GNOME 3 Apps, with this nice light blue
Connect to a new server is available from Application Menu only
Connection Details are quite limited at this time
Join a room gives you a list with the servers that you are connected
Polari is on the very early steps, so nothing much else to show. But it has potential! Similar design plans are also discussed for Empathy, but there isn’t any implementation yet.
To build it you will need a JHBuild installation. Even if it is possible now to compile it in a 3.10 environment, Polari will soon require 3.11.x dependencies.
See more at Wikis!
By the way if you see the Tentative designs on Wikis, I have to say that the reality is quite different. Polari looks and feels much much better than mock-ups!