Category Archives: News

Local Chat 1.5.5 Released

By | May 26, 2021

I’ve been doing a lot of clean up behind the scenes and got behind on several things. I never got around to announcing a proper release for 1.5.4 and now I’m releasing 1.5.5. There’s not a lot to note with these releases with the exception that CTRL-R now manually redraws the chat client. This should… Read More »

Local Chat 1.5.3 Released

By | February 27, 2021

Local chat 1.5.3 is another bug release. When a client disconnected unexpectedly it caused the lchat daemon to run away using a large amount of the CPU. Now when a client disconnects suddenly it is properly detected and the connection cleaned up as expected. Also with this release there is now a Debian repository available… Read More »

Quiet but Busy

By | August 17, 2020

It has been some time since I’ve posted anything to the site but I have been busy behind the scenes. A new bug release, 1.5.2, for lchat is now available. This release is fairly significant in the terms of the project. First a couple small bugs turned out to be pretty substantial so a lot… Read More »

Local Chat 1.5 Released

By | April 18, 2020

This release is a more polished version of the software. The lchat client has been given a new status bar. The auto scroll feature can be turned on and off with the CTRL-A key combination. Also the text input has been improved by implementing the delete key and the insert key now toggles the input… Read More »

Local Chat 1.4 Released

By | August 3, 2019

This release adds scripting utilities to the lchat client. This includes sending messages to the local chat room and the creation of chat bots. The message, -m, option This allow scripts and programs to send messages to the local chat room. For example: lchat -m “That’s it, I’m all done” The chat bot, -b, option… Read More »

Linux on the Desktop

By | April 10, 2019

Recently, Linus Torvalds made some comments on why Linux has not found the level of success on the desktop as it’s rivals Microsoft Window and Apple. Much of his reasoning comes down to fragmentation, to many desktops competing with each other giving to many options for its users. Apparently, this competition and diversity has been… Read More »

Local Chat 1.3.2 Released

By | April 9, 2019

This release now uses pkg-config to configure the ncurses library. This ensures that wide character support is used across all platforms if it is available. The home page for the project can be found here.

Local Chat 1.3.1 Released

By | April 3, 2019

This is just a bug fix release. The systemd service script has been fixed for the chat unix socket permissions. It used to only allow root to access the socket, now anyone in the users group can access the socket and use lchat. FreeBSD doesn’t seem to have wide character support by default in their… Read More »