EPIC4 is a new direction in ircII development. It was originally built upon the ircII-2.6 client and has maintained faithfulness to remain current up to the 2.8.2 release. EPIC is somewhat larger than the stock client (24%), but that is mostly because of the multitude of new features, the dual ANSI/K&R compliant function headers, and the large amount of re-written code in an attempt to make ircii faster, more efficient, and more powerful.
Fugu is a standalone, graphical client for the Gale instant messaging system. It is fully featured and supports all common Gale messaging operations. In addition, Fugu features a Windows port, multiple screens for different subscription lists, clickable URLs, thumbnail pictures showing the sender of each message, and configurable notification when new puffs arrive.
Gabber is a Jabber client for GNOME. Jabber is a flexible distributed Open Source instant messaging system. It also happens to allow communication with other instant messaging systems, such as ICQ, AIM, Yahoo!, MSN, and even IRC. Gabber aims to implement quite a bit of Jabber's functionality while remaining easy to use.